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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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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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How to Nordic walk on tarmac

In Bristol we are lucky to have lots of public parks and open spaces which means we mostly Nordic walk on grass and tracks.  It makes things nice and easy technique wise – no unpleasant scuffing noises if you’re not planting cleanly plus the tips of the poles grip well in the soft ground, providing an excellent propulsion platform.

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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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Three of our best warm-up exercises and some summertime reading

We always include a warm-up at the start of our Nordic walking classes and a series of stretches at the end.  I’m sometimes asked what’s the point of the former, given that walking is often used as a warm-up in its own right.  The answer is that it’s a perfect opportunity to do some of the mobilising and strengthening exercises that we should be building into our lives on a daily basis.

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Technique focus: Arm swing

One of the cornerstones of the Nordic walking technique is the arm swing.  It is also the easiest to get wrong.  So the arm swing is the next in my series of Nordic walking ‘what, why, how’ guides.  The aim of these guides is to help you improve your health, strength and fitness through developing your Nordic walking technique.  It assists those of you who are new to Nordic walking to learn and embed the technique into your action.  It’s also a useful reminder for those of us who have been Nordic walking for a while as it’s all too easy to slip into bad habits! 

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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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Plantar Fasciitis explained plus why you need to be especially watchful of the cows at this time of year

If you’ve ever had a pain in your heel or underneath your foot, chances are it’s plantar fasciitis.  Statistically about one in ten of us are likely to get it and we are most at risk during middle–age.  I’ve had conversations with a number of you recently about this most frustrating of conditions so I asked Susie Burness of Bristol Physio if she could explain what it is, how it comes about, and what treatments are available.  Here’s what she said:

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The less tangible benefits of Nordic walking

From politics to food choices to sport there is one common thread: not everyone likes the same thing.  So whilst I love Nordic walking and can see its many benefits, it is not everyone’s cup of tea.  On paper, Nordic walking looks impressive: engaging 90% of our muscles; burning up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking; challenging both the upper and lower body to give a total body workout; strengthening your postural muscles and firming your core.  But when I’m asked what Nordic walking’s key benefits are I increasingly turn to its less tangible qualities:

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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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