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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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Ten technique tips for Nordic walking

It’s difficult to remember everything you should be doing when you first start out Nordic walking.  It’s also easy for us seasoned Nordic walkers to slip into bad habits along the way!  So here’s ten top tips to help hone your technique:

1. When you pick up your poles, tighten your straps with your hand in the correct position around the pole and keep your wrist straight.  They will then fit more snugly, making the arm swing and hand control easier.

2.Complete a posture check list as you start walking and repeat it regularly:

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Get fit through this winter plus how to have a better brain

The days are shortening and there’s a definite autumnal feel in the air.  Nature is preparing to shut down for winter and it’s very tempting to join those hibernating animals and close the door on our exercise until spring. 

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Walking boots for Nordic walking – what you should know plus community matters

Water resistant, breathable, flexible, comfortable, supportive, lightweight, grippy walking boots.  It’s the Nordic walking equivalent of gold dust – and about as difficult to find.  No wonder it’s the topic of conversation that comes up during most walks. And like the weather, we never seem to tire of talking about it! 

I know that the Autumn is a time that many of you switch from walking shoes to boots so here’s a few things to consider if you are about to buy a pair:

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The miracle cure

The Guardian devoted three pages this week to what it deemed ‘the miracle cure’ - exercise.  Depression, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, blood pressure, sleep - all, it said, are positively impacted by exercise.  Not to mention weight loss (when combined with healthy eating), stronger bones, fewer falls in the elderly... and the list went on. 

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Autumn walking near Bristol, vitamin D reminder and stress-busting advice

I’m back from my holidays refreshed and raring to go!  Mallorca, the Surrey Hills and County Durham were stunning with some good Nordic walking opportunities.  However there is something closer to home which I am very keen to explore over the next few weeks - Westonbirt, The National Arboretum.  

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