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Nordic walking vs ordinary walking on the flat: research results

Nordic walking will burn more calories, raise your heart rate higher and you'll walk faster than ordinary walking. This is the conclusion of the research project run last Autumn by Liz Carver, a former research scientist at BAE Systems with the help of participants from our club. This backs up all the previous research conducted on Nordic walking vs ordinary walking, most of which took place under laboratory conditions, not in the field.

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The Nordic walking year ahead

I was somewhat amused this Christmas when my brother stood up to make a speech about the successes and ambitions of those round the dining table, six of whom were under 25 and the rest over 45.  Whilst there was plenty to say for the younger generation, the best most of us older lot got was a congratulations on making it through another year relatively unscathed or reaching a significant birthday.  The younger half of the table were high-fiving and back-slapping, the older half puzzling how they could possibly have nothing more meaningful said about another year passed.

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A walker story

One of the key pleasures of Nordic walking is exercising outside with likeminded people.  Our walks are sociable and in beautiful surroundings (we walk from six different locations).  So as well as increasing your fitness and toning your body it will almost certainly uplift your mood. 

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Places to walk and gadgets to help you!

Whilst we take a break from regular classes over the Christmas holidays why not to get out and about exploring by yourself?  There’s some fabulous trails near Bristol and they’re easier to navigate than you might think – with excellent walk guides, well marked paths and some very useful apps to help you on your way.  Here’s some inspiration:

Walk ideas

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2017 in Review

Thank you to everyone who joined our annual Christmas celebration last Wednesday.  Over one hundred of us gathered at Hunters café where we feasted on the delicious food you’d brought and watched the latest epic Nordic walking video orchestrated by Ros (click here to watch it).  We also gave a round-up of the amazing year we’ve had as a club.  Once again you have achieved so many fantastic things and thanks to your enthusiasm and support we now run over thirty regular weekly walks and have over 350 walkers every month!

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How to combat SAD, our favorite overtrousers, and why gaiters are great

Many people find that their mood dips noticeably during the winter months and there is now a recognised term for severe winter blues – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

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Why we should breathe properly for a healthy back plus details of next year’s Exel Nordic walking poles

A couple of articles have caught my eye this week – the value of the basic press-up and a possible answer for our £1 billion back problem.  Press-ups it seems are back in fashion following the publication of a recent scientific study revealing them as the best exercise you can do for your health (they clearly haven’t heard of Nordic walking…). 

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Our Nordic walking weekends away plus three top tips for perfect triceps

The lead up to Christmas is a time for parties and of course (if you’re a woman) party dresses.  We all would rather have toned arms than not and, joy of joys, Nordic walking can sculpt your arms beautifully.  Particularly your triceps (aka bingo wings) which are at the back of your upper arm.  Here’s three things to focus on to reap the maximum benefit:

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Join our great BNW Spring Challenge

It’s here – our BNW Spring Challenge!  The perfect way for you to keep motivated this winter and get fit. Ros, Marcus, Clair, Sarah (our Bath instructor) and I are all taking part – so there’s no excuse.  Don’t worry if you’ve not walked with us for a while – we’ll put on free technique refresher workshops to get you back into it.

The date:  Saturday 24th March 2018

The challenge:  Sugar Loaf Mountain will be our main goal. You can add one or two extra peaks if you want more of a challenge.

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Pick of the Nordic walking poles – which pole is right for you?

I’ve had a flurry of pole enquiries recently so I thought it time to post about what’s new, what’s popular, and what’s best for you.  Having your own pair of Nordic walking poles is liberating.  It enables you to go out any time you want, not just when there’s an organised walk on.  You can use them when and where you like and you know that you have exactly the right sort of pole for you.

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