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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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The Shape Up - Ros's story

‘Hmm’ I thought, ‘this is not good!’.  My clothes were becoming tighter and tighter over the past year. I was starting to feel pretty uncomfortable and I had been ignoring the expansion of my waist. Even though I was a Nordic Walking Instructor I was walking less, doing more admin and not really thinking about what I ate. Plus I loved my food and I dislike diets. They don’t seem to work for many people and it seems like some sort of punishment!

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Snowshoeing in the Pyrenees

We are nearing the end a fabulous few days exploring the Pallars Sobira region of the Catalan Pyrenees.  The magnificence of these mountains is undisputable, although the weather was moody whilst we were here and the glorious snow-capped peaks were coy about revealing themselves. 

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The big reason to love your behind

If you’ve been walking with me this week my blog won’t be a surprise: it’s all about the most powerful set of muscles in our body – the gluteals.

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