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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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Bath one year on – Brigitte’s story and our plans for growth

It’s the first anniversary of our Bath start-up this week so my blog is dedicated to Bath. Plus we have a new website dedicated purely to Nordic walking in Bath - www.nordicwalkingbath.co.uk 

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Healthy body workshop series

One of the many reasons why I’m a big fan of Nordic walking is that informs us on how we should move and walk.  Walking, like breathing, is a function that we’ve been doing for almost the entirety of our lives yet mostly given no thought to.  There really should be lessons in school – how to breath, how to walk – it would have a much more profound impact on our lives than knowing who the six wives of Henry VIII were.  It would also probably save the NHS billions as we’d have the tools to know through correct breathing and walking how to ease tension and anxiety, strengthen our deeply import

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The Kit guide to: waterproof jackets

A group of us had the perfect opportunity to test the efficiency of our waterproofs a few weeks ago whilst on a walking holiday in Girona, Catalonia. They don’t seem to do ‘light’ rain there.  When it rained it was very heavy and very wet!  We all know the saying ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather – only the wrong clothes’ but even though many of us had top brands, barely anyone’s jacket withstood the onslaught entirely unscathed.  It re-affirmed to me the importance, not only of a good jacket, but of properly re-proofing it regularly.

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Kit maintenance – how to look after your poles

Nordic walking poles generally need very little maintenance.  However, it’s worth taking a look at them every now and then to ensure they’re in good working order.  Here’s some advice on what to do:

Your wrist-straps (Exel, Leki and Gabel)

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Balance – Why it’s vital and how to improve it

I was reflecting the other day on how important balance is in our lives.  Work/life balance, financial balance, nutritional balance – they are all things we spend much of our lives trying to achieve.  And quite rightly.  They are crucial to our overall wellbeing. 

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Want good technique? Get snappy with your hands

Mostly the Nordic walking technique is straightforward and intuitive.  The exception is how you use your hands round the pole handle.  It’s an action that most of us are unused to so it takes time for our brains and hands to synchronise.  Plus there’s an advanced action for experienced Nordic walkers so it’s difficult for the beginner to learn by watching others.

Why is good hand control important?

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Our May to October scenic walks

One of the joys of Nordic walking is the strength and stamina it builds, enabling us to explore with confidence the extraordinary countryside in this country and abroad.  Our club Spring challenge last weekend is a case in point.  Of the fifty six of us that took part only a handful had walked a similar distance and ascent before.  The power and endurance developed during our regular fitness and stamina walks gave us the confidence needed – plus of course the fantastic support from other walkers and our instructors.

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The South Wales Three Peaks challenge

Our great BNW Spring challenge is completed.  What a mammoth effort from everyone.  What an achievement.  What a day! 

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The new wonder drug

Whilst many of us have been preparing for our South Wales Three Peaks club challenge next week, a recent spate of reports has been extolling the benefits of a ‘new’ wonder drug: Exercise. 

If ever you’re tempted to stay indoors, to put your feet up rather than get out into the elements, remember the overwhelming scientific and observational evidence that tells you how beneficial exercise is for your body and soul.  Here’s the latest findings, all published over the last few weeks.

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