Head up, eyes down!

Put your hand up if you drop your head when you’re deep in thought whilst walking.  Or if you look down at your feet when on uneven ground.  (I’m guessing a fair few hands have gone up.)  What struck me this week is that this same altered body position is for very different reasons.

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Clever exercises while the kettle boils

I was discussing mini health rituals with some of our instructors recently and we came up with a fabulous list of little multi-tasking exercises to boost balance, strength and flexibility.

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Fitness Challenges

Challenges come in many shapes and forms and are unique to each of us.  I know that for some of you just being able to make your weekly Nordic walking class is a challenge, whether for health, work or family reasons (or all three).

For others it’s moving from an easy to a moderate rated class, getting fit for one of our trips abroad, or entering a challenge of your own.

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The Shape Up - Ros's story

‘Hmm’ I thought, ‘this is not good!’.  My clothes were becoming tighter and tighter over the past year. I was starting to feel pretty uncomfortable and I had been ignoring the expansion of my waist. Even though I was a Nordic Walking Instructor I was walking less, doing more admin and not really thinking about what I ate. Plus I loved my food and I dislike diets. They don’t seem to work for many people and it seems like some sort of punishment!

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Britain’s top 100 walks plus the ‘truth’ about how to get fit

There were two interesting TV programmes last week about walking and fitness.  The first was co-presented by Julia Bradbury, the second was by Michael Mosley about health and fitness.

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Get fit through this winter plus how to have a better brain

The days are shortening and there’s a definite autumnal feel in the air.  Nature is preparing to shut down for winter and it’s very tempting to join those hibernating animals and close the door on our exercise until spring. 

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Aerobic fitness: it’s not always about distance

There’s a whole bunch of reasons why most of us come Nordic walking, but maintaining and increasing aerobic fitness is probably one of them.  This gives us the puff to climb stairs and hills and generally keep up with people younger than us.  Also the fitter our heart and lungs, the more efficient our circulation and cardiovascular system is in general.  This helps with weight loss and lowers our risk of all sorts of other health conditions – heart attacks, cancer, diabetes and now strokes (see last week’s blog) to name a few.  It’s something I talk about quite a lot because it’s so importa

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Progressing your fitness and a useful video to keep your back strong

 In last week's BNW newsletter we encouraged you to keep your fitness moving onwards and upwards by mixing up your Nordic walks. It's very easy to get stuck in a fitness rut. Our bodies adapt extraordinarily quickly and we constantly need to be throwing new challenges at ourselves to progress - or even just to stand still. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about benchmarking your fitness by timing yourself over a set route every month or so, but there's a whole host of other ways to keep your body guessing and you motivated. Here's five things that could make the difference for you:

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Benchmarking your fitness plus NW poles arrive in Bristol

I am constantly impressed by the fitness gains of our walkers.  New walkers most usually find themselves somewhere near the back of the group.  But after just a few weeks of consistent walking and technique advice there’s a marked change.  Both speed and stamina improve, often dramatically.  The reason is multi-faceted:

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Why we must keep Nordic walking and a magnificent snow shoeing trip to the Pyrenees

Spring has most definitely sprung this week.  The sap is rising and so is our energy.  Now is the very best time to put on your walking shoes and get out.  It is also the perfect time to take your walking fitness to the next level.  Don’t rush yourself with this but do push yourself – you may be surprised with what you can achieve.  Here’s seven reasons to help motivate you both to get out and get ambitious:

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