Whilst walking

International Nordic Walking Federation convention - Helsinki

All our Bristol Nordic Walking instructors are members of the International Nordic Walking Federation (INWA).  This year, on behalf of our club, I attended their international conference in Helsinki.  Whilst our 'hotel' was a rather functional training centre, it was in a beautiful setting beside one of the largest fresh water spring lakes in Europe.

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When lightning strikes

Lightning is dangerous. Currently, about 30-60 people are struck by lightning each year in Britain of whom, on average, three may be killed.

So you don’t want to mess around with lightning.  Especially when walking with two poles with metal spikes on the end.  Granted the handles are made of plastic and cork, which are poor conductors, but it’s not worth the risk. 

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World Nordic Walking Day

This weekend marked World Nordic Walking Day.  I often get asked how Nordic walking started so it seems an appropriate time to devote a blog to the history of Nordic walking, where it is today in the UK and how it is spreading across the world.  I’ve taken much of my information from the International Nordic Walking Federation (INWA).

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Map reading and navigation

Driven by the requirement to tick a navigation skills box if walking solo on the South Wales Three Peaks challenge event, we held our first Navigation Skills Workshop yesterday.  It was delightfully illuminating.  For instance did you know these six facts about maps themselves:

 

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The Nordic walking year ahead

I was somewhat amused this Christmas when my brother stood up to make a speech about the successes and ambitions of those round the dining table, six of whom were under 25 and the rest over 45.  Whilst there was plenty to say for the younger generation, the best most of us older lot got was a congratulations on making it through another year relatively unscathed or reaching a significant birthday.  The younger half of the table were high-fiving and back-slapping, the older half puzzling how they could possibly have nothing more meaningful said about another year passed.

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A walker story

One of the key pleasures of Nordic walking is exercising outside with likeminded people.  Our walks are sociable and in beautiful surroundings (we walk from six different locations).  So as well as increasing your fitness and toning your body it will almost certainly uplift your mood. 

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2017 in Review

Thank you to everyone who joined our annual Christmas celebration last Wednesday.  Over one hundred of us gathered at Hunters café where we feasted on the delicious food you’d brought and watched the latest epic Nordic walking video orchestrated by Ros (click here to watch it).  We also gave a round-up of the amazing year we’ve had as a club.  Once again you have achieved so many fantastic things and thanks to your enthusiasm and support we now run over thirty regular weekly walks and have over 350 walkers every month!

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Your chance to be involved in a very exciting Nordic walking research project plus some Nordic walking anniversaries

Since I first started Bristol Nordic Walking seven years ago I’ve wanted to run a research project comparing ordinary walking with Nordic walking – on the flat, uphill and downhill.  There is already good documented evidence on the benefits of Nordic walking over regular walking but often this is connected to specific health conditions. 

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Travelling with your Nordic walking poles? Read on

Lots of you are off travelling, both in this country and abroad and many of you are taking your poles with you, so here’s a few things to consider if you’re planning on Nordic walking whilst away.

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Why we’ve been voted Bristol’s best health business, and did you know these bluebell facts?

Last Thursday at an awards ceremony for six hundred people our club was voted Bristol’s best health business.  That’s right, against a very strong shortlist of health businesses including the likes of The Whitely Clinic and Nuffield Health, Bristol Nordic Walking came top.  It was an unbelievable night and the awards hosted by Bristol Life magazine were full of glitz and glamour, and even an after-party.

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