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How to combat SAD, our favorite overtrousers, and why gaiters are great

Many people find that their mood dips noticeably during the winter months and there is now a recognised term for severe winter blues – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

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Pick of the Nordic walking poles – which pole is right for you?

I’ve had a flurry of pole enquiries recently so I thought it time to post about what’s new, what’s popular, and what’s best for you.  Having your own pair of Nordic walking poles is liberating.  It enables you to go out any time you want, not just when there’s an organised walk on.  You can use them when and where you like and you know that you have exactly the right sort of pole for you.

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Walking boots for Nordic walking – what you should know plus community matters

Water resistant, breathable, flexible, comfortable, supportive, lightweight, grippy walking boots.  It’s the Nordic walking equivalent of gold dust – and about as difficult to find.  No wonder it’s the topic of conversation that comes up during most walks. And like the weather, we never seem to tire of talking about it! 

I know that the Autumn is a time that many of you switch from walking shoes to boots so here’s a few things to consider if you are about to buy a pair:

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Nordic walking kit for the Autumn transition, walking for Penny Brohn plus a walker’s review of the St Oswald’s trail

Sunny tinged with cold and wet is the most positive spin I can put on the last few weeks.  It feels as though we are already transitioning from summer to autumn, with dewy mornings and shortening evenings.  So it’s as well to think about adapting our walking kit accordingly.  Here’s some things to consider:

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Public Health Matters and Leki pole update

A public health study published last week sheds light on the health trends and habits of our country. I thought you may find it interesting..

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Technique tips for your core, orchids in the Gorge, Women in Sport week plus summer walking shoes on test

It’s all go this week in my blog and something for everyone I hope.  First, a little reminder of what to do to strengthen your core and nip in your waist whilst Nordic walking:

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What to wear Nordic walking in the spring/summer, nutritional advice for pollen allergy sufferers and bluebell walks

I always relish the springtime weather, especially when like this year we have a dry spell and I’m no longer squelching through mud. It’s easy to get caught out clothing-wise though as there’s inevitably an unexpected deluge or a cold snap. So here’s a few pointers to keep you comfortable:

On your top half..

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The best Nordic walking travel poles for 2017 and our awesome April longer walks

We have three stunning long walks to offer you this April – a 2 hour local walk through the Wraxall valley; the magnificent Crook Peak ridge walk; and the ever popular Sand Bay circular walk.  These longer walks are the perfect opportunity to see some of the beautiful countryside around Bristol and to use your Nordic walking skills on different terrain.  You will be amazed at how much easier hills and uneven surfaces become – and how far you can walk!

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Pole maintenance and one walker's story of how Nordic walking helped her return to health

This week’s blog is a mix of practicality and inspiration.  For those of you who have your own poles and are wondering how to keep them in good working order I’ve set out some pole maintenance tips below.  First though for the inspiration…

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My pick of the poles this Christmas plus six ways to turn your walk into a workout (without Nordic walking)

Of all the ways to get and stay fit, walking is the easiest, safest and cheapest.  You don’t need a gym and you certainly don’t need lycra! Nordic walking notches it up that bit more and gets your upper body involved.  It is to walking what the cross-trainer is to the treadmill, with two key differences- it’s fun and sociable. 

Of course we can’t always be Nordic walking and some of you reading this article might not yet have your own poles.  The following is a top six list of how you can turn an ordinary walk into a workout.

1. Get active with your feet

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