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Cross-country skiing in Finland

As many of you may know, I have spent the last week in Akaslompolo, a small Lapp village deep within the Arctic Circle - the perfect place for cross-country skiing. 

This was our second Bristol Nordic Walking trip to Finland and I came with Polly, Ginny, Martin and Bina, none of whom had cross-country skied before. Nordic walking has its origins in cross-country skiing and given how much we love that, why not take it to the next level and try Nordic skiing?

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Longer walks, research update and how to exercise after 40

I’m bursting with news this week, so read on and enjoy.

Longer walks and trips abroad

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Pole maintenance and one walker's story of how Nordic walking helped her return to health

This week’s blog is a mix of practicality and inspiration.  For those of you who have your own poles and are wondering how to keep them in good working order I’ve set out some pole maintenance tips below.  First though for the inspiration…

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The back care blog - latest research and technique tips

I was fascinated by research published by the George Institute Sydney last week which concluded that taking drugs for back pain is largely pointless.  A bold statement, I thought, given that back pain is most commonly managed by prescribing medicines such as anti-inflamatories. 

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Time to get stuck in again – and our October trip to Spain is shaping up

 

Glorious mud!

Every year there comes a time when a mud blog seems appropriate, and today’s the day. Those crisp icy walks having been replaced by slippery surfaces and boggy patches.

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Our Nordic walking mindfulness course, a reminder about vitamin D and walking uphill made easy

For some people walking uphill is hard work, no matter how fit they are.  Whether or not you fall into this category here are my four top tips for walking uphill as efficiently as possible:

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The foot edition: NW technique, foot health and shoe buying

This week my Nordic walking technique focus has been on the lower body.  In particular the feet.  Nordic walking is one of the few activities requiring us to think how we use our feet.  Its focus on actively articulating the foot, rolling from the heel through to the toes, is a great way to keep the joints and muscles in and around your feet healthy.  I cover the NW technique in more detail below but first a question: when was the last time you gave your feet an MOT? 

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Our survey results and just how sugar smart are you?

This weekend saw the launch of a high profile and ambitious Sugar Smart campaign in Bristol.  Cakes, sweets, biscuits and sugary drinks are all things we turn to at times of celebration or when we crave comfort and reward.  They taste delicious and give us an instant ‘lift’.  But we now know that that pleasant sugar rush can lead to unhealthy eating patterns and all sorts of health issues.  The Jamie Oliver backed initiative is a campaign to increase our awareness of the harm of too much sugar – both on our weight and dental health.

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What is the right height pole for you, an exciting 1000 mile challenge and why our backs love Nordic walking

Nordic walk for back health

According to the British Chiropractic Association almost 80% of us suffer back pain at some point in our lives with nearly a quarter suffering daily.  Over half believe the cause is poor posture. Nordic walking is superb for helping with back pain.  It strengthens the postural muscles and the deep abdominal (‘core’) muscles.  Both are essential in supporting the back, especially the lumbar region which carries the weight of the upper body. 

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Welcome to Nordic walking

If this is your first visit to our website you may well be looking to see whether Nordic walking is for you. Also what we offer here at Bristol Nordic Walking.

What is Nordic walking?

Nordic walking is a very simple concept.  It uses two specially designed poles to engage your upper body as you walk and help accelerate you forwards. As you might expect from something that has evolved out of cross country skiing, it is an exceptionally efficient and effective form of exercise.  Here’s a few reasons why:

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