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New grading system for our regular walks

The other week I was taking an ‘Easy’ rated walk on the Downs.  If you were with me that day you may remember my encouraging you to walk the famous 0.5 mile tree avenue at a fast pace.  Someone said ‘But this is rated an easy class!’.  ‘Ah’ I said, ‘but easy doesn’t actually mean easy on your fitness – otherwise you won’t ever get fitter.  It means… well it means that the Downs is an easy place to walk because it’s generally flat’.

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Our 2019 weekends away

 

We have some more wonderful short Nordic walking trips for you to enjoy next year including a new one – the Surrey Hills.  Please look under Longer walks/Events on our website for further details.  Bookings for both The Surrey Hills and the Falmouth trip will open 8pm this Tuesday 6th November

Here's a little more information on each trip, including the date for our next Girona visit:

 

The Surrey Hills Fri 9th- Sun 11th May 2019

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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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Your fabulous feet - and how to love them

At a meeting of Bristol Health Partners last week, the speed at which people cross pedestrian crossings was discussed.  Guess what the average walking speed for over 65s is? It’s 0.8 meters per second.  This equates to an average of 2.88 km/h or 1.79 mph.  I’ve just tried walking at that speed and not only is it hard to walk that slowly but I couldn’t walk properly at that pace.  It was a flat footed shuffle.

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Get Your Life Back: How to Manage Arthritis

We know that many of you are managing arthritis.  Indeed it was autoimmune arthritis that helped lead Vicky to discover Nordic walking and set up Bristol Nordic Walking in the first place. 

An exercise like Nordic walking can help reduce the pain and stiffness of arthritis because it maintains mobility and keeps muscles strong enough to support joints.  However, dietary and lifestyle choices are also important and, besides medication, there are other complimentary treatment options. 

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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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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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It's time to think about vitamin D again

We know vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, teeth and muscles.  But the benefits don’t stop there.  There’s been a steady stream of research indicating that the ‘sunshine vitamin’ provides a host of other health benefits including boosting the immune system, preventing a range of cancers, protecting against multiple sclerosis, preventing rheumatoid arthritis, and acting as an anti-depressant.  Wow – that’s quite some list.  So it’s worth making sure that we are getting enough. 

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9 benefits of Nordic walking

Whether you want to shed a few pounds, increase your fitness, protect your joints or simply have a fun sociable walk, Nordic walking ticks all the boxes.  It may not be as trendy as running or cycling but it offers much more of a total body workout and is truly something that will help keep you fit and active for the rest of your life.

Our Bristol Nordic walkers have had first hand experience of its many benefits but if you are new to this incredible health sport or are just inquisitive, here's a short list of what Nordic walking offers.

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Nutrition and Nordic walking

I have written many blogs about the benefits of exercise for health.  But as we all know, exercise is only one of the cornerstones.  My missive a couple of weeks ago was about the importance of sleep.  This week I've asked Judy Gowenlock to contribute an article about nutrition.  Judy is one of our regular Nordic walkers and a registered Nutritional Therapist.  This is what she has to say:

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