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Nordic walking does not make you invincible – and Ikea is a dangerous place!

I have a tale which might amuse you.  It involves the unlikely combination of Ikea, a sore hip and Nordic walking (Nordic walking always features in my life)!

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Keep working on your technique to reap the full benefits of Nordic walking

Nordic walking looks easy but don’t be fooled. As those of you who walk with us at Bristol Nordic Walking can testify, it is a technical sport. Getting it right is tricky and takes practice. 

Why bother, you might ask.  A fair question.  Here are some reasons:

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Don't let the weather stop you walking

Have you been tempted to skip the Nordic walking recently during the cold and wet? You wouldn’t be the only one! It’s hardly surprising you want to stay in the warm and dry when looking out through the window at grey, cold, rain-laden skies.

Here’s the thing though.  You may not want to go outside but it is never as bad once you’re out there and you’ll feel sooo much better for having been.  We all know this but sometimes it helps to be reminded! 

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The Downs - some points of interest

We all know the Downs has a great history, starting with it’s preservation ‘for ever hereafter’ for our recreational use by an Act of Parliament – The Downs Act 1861.  Here are some other interesting facts for you as you Nordic walk across the Downs:

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Don't over stride to increase your speed

We had an interesting conversation during this morning’s Ashton Court walk about how to increase your speed. It arose from the fact that I completed last Sunday’s 20km Nordic walking race in 2hrs 32 mins at an average pace of 4.9mph (7.8kmph).

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Get fit, stay healthy

The government is seriously troubled about the state of the nation’s waistline and activity levels.  This year alone it has published five papers aimed at tackling obesity and encouraging people to be more active. 

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Which Nordic walking pole to buy?

So Christmas is around the corner and your loved ones have offered to buy you a pair of Nordic walking poles as a present.  What great news… or so it seems until you start looking online to give them a steer and find an utterly bewildering number of choices. 

Don’t worry!  Help is at hand.  Here are the key points:

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Want good Nordic walking technique? It’s within your grasp

I am often asked what the key elements to good Nordic walking technique are so I thought I would share my views with you through a series of technical articles.  This first one addresses the tricky issue of hand control.

Ah. Those pesky hands, I hear you say.  They never seem to do what I want them to.  Especially that non-dominant (usually left) hand. 

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5 Reasons why Nordic walking reduces back pain

I'm sure some of you will have read the report this week by the British Chiropractic Association that almost 80% of us suffer back pain at some point in our lives with nearly a quarter suffering daily.

The problem isn't so much injury as our increasingly sedentary habits and lifestyle.  We sit in front of a computer screen (82% of us for up to six hours); we drive instead of walk; we are overweight (in the UK two thirds of us are either overweight or obese); and we have increasingly frenetic and stressful lives which often manifests in neck, shoulder and ultimately back pain.

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Need waterproof overtrousers? Here's three of the best

We needed waterproof overtrousers this morning and very few of us had them.  I'm not surprised.  The recent beautiful weather has lulled us into a false sense of security. 

The key with overtrousers is that they are light and breathable.  You do not want to end up with sweaty legs or spoil your walk with overtrousers that are heavy and rigid.  Here are my three choices:

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