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Government recommends Nordic walking for good muscles, bones and balance

Muscle strength, bone health and balance are as important for our overall health as aerobic activities that strengthen our heart and lungs.  So says a report published last week by Public Health England (PHE).  It is concerned that too many people are neglecting strength and balance and has issued specific advice on what we should be doing and which activities are best.  It specifically recommends Nordic walking.

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Welcome Nordic Walking Girona to a feast of South West walks, culture and food!

This week we are hosting a group of fourteen Nordic walkers from Girona, Catalonia.  We have visited them twice during the past year and now they are coming to us for a full seven days.  I am so excited that we can show visitors some of our fabulous walks and a little of our history.  Whilst the whole of the UK is a walker’s paradise, there’s real diversity around us - Bath, the Cotswolds, Wales and the Mendips all just a short drive away plus a clutch of scenic walks right from the heart of Bristol.

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Hot weather walking advice

Walking in the UK is normally a cool affair, so when the temperature rises it often takes us by surprise.  Next week it looks as though we're in for a hot spell so here’s some advice for when you’re out Nordic walking:

Precool
Lowering your body temperature in the hour before you Nordic walk in the heat slows the rate at which your core temperature rises once you’re out the door.  So try precooling before you head out.

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Fitness Challenges

Challenges come in many shapes and forms and are unique to each of us.  I know that for some of you just being able to make your weekly Nordic walking class is a challenge, whether for health, work or family reasons (or all three).

For others it’s moving from an easy to a moderate rated class, getting fit for one of our trips abroad, or entering a challenge of your own.

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Walking to health – twenty-one years on

Those of you who’ve been reading my blogs for a while know that I frequently write about the latest research and public policy documents on walking and health.  There have been two biggies this week.  The first is a whole BJSM* issue of editorials, articles and reviews dedicated to the benefits of walking.  The second is the publication of the WHO* Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030 – which in large part is

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Brains and balance

Next week we are introducing our new focus area: brains and balance. It is all thanks to my physio friend Susie Brown. 

As those of you who walk regularly with us know, each week in every class we run we focus on a specific aspect of the Nordic walking technique relevant to the following areas of the body:

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When lightning strikes

Lightning is dangerous. Currently, about 30-60 people are struck by lightning each year in Britain of whom, on average, three may be killed.

So you don’t want to mess around with lightning.  Especially when walking with two poles with metal spikes on the end.  Granted the handles are made of plastic and cork, which are poor conductors, but it’s not worth the risk. 

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Don't forget about... socks

We have 250,000 sweat glands in our feet which can produce up to half a pint of perspiration daily.  So having the correct socks as well as shoes when you go walking seems obvious.  Yet how many of us consider our socks when we think about our feet?

This blog gives you the low-down on socks – things to consider for Nordic walking, what’s on the market, plus a few handy tips.

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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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