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The head case – physical activity and mental wellbeing

Last week was mental health awareness week.  We all have mental health.  It is the umbrella term covering our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing and affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices.  Good mental health is an asset that helps us to thrive. Increasingly we mistakenly assume that ongoing stress is the price we have to pay to keep our lives on track.

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Technique focus: hips and pelvis and we're now in Bath!

At Bristol Nordic Walking we always focus on Nordic walking technique during our classes.  From arm swing and hand control to rotation, heel/toe roll, and everything else in between.  This helps 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! 

Not only do we teach technique in class, but as instructors we also meet every couple of months and apply the ‘what, why, how’ test to a specific area:

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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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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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A Nordic walking beginner's guide, foraging recipes and a list of small things...

 

"If you think small things don’t make a difference you’ve never been to bed with a mosquito”.  It’s a saying that’s always made me chortle and the other day I realised its pertinence to Nordic walking. Not the mosquito of course but small adjustments can make a big difference to your enjoyment of Nordic walking and its effectiveness.  So I thought I’d jot down a short list of some of these small things in case they make a difference for you:

 

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Why we must keep Nordic walking and a magnificent snow shoeing trip to the Pyrenees

Spring has most definitely sprung this week.  The sap is rising and so is our energy.  Now is the very best time to put on your walking shoes and get out.  It is also the perfect time to take your walking fitness to the next level.  Don’t rush yourself with this but do push yourself – you may be surprised with what you can achieve.  Here’s seven reasons to help motivate you both to get out and get ambitious:

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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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Looking after your wrists

I’ve been thinking a lot about my wrists recently, this is partly because at the back end of last year I had an arthritic flare-up in my joints. It happens every now and then and is the reason why I gave up running and started Nordic walking. Yes I know I didn’t tell you, because it didn’t stop me from Nordic walking.  I was actually at my best then as everything was being gently mobilised, but it has made me take stock of how best to look after my joints going forwards. 

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Geof's asthma story and a few facts about red deer

 “I’m leaving asthma behind me thanks to Nordic walking” says Geof Newman, one of our Oldbury Court Nordic walkers in an article published by Asthma UK.  Geof started walking with us in May 2016 and the impact it has had on his asthma has been profound.  I know that this is the case for several of you (I will shortly be printing Heather’s story) and here’s some of the reasons why:

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Technique focus - the lean, the Bristol Life Awards and our mad-March walks

Here’s a short but sweet Nordic walking tip: lean (from your ankles) and you will walk faster and increase your core strength.

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