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Quiz anwers revealed - but don't read this sitting down

Last week I set you a short quiz.  It was part Nordic walking, part health.  The answers plus some commentary are below.  I would recommend you stand to read it as my answer to question 4 provides some unsettling information about the dangers of too much sitting.


1. During walking, what percentage of time are you on one foot?
a)  50%
b)  60%
c)  80%

Answer: 80%. 

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Why we should wind our necks in plus test yourself with this Nordic walking quiz

Have you seen yourself sideways-on recently?  If not, get someone to take a photo of you and have a look at how you’re standing.  Where’s your head position?  Are your ears aligned over your shoulders or does your head project forwards?  The reason for my asking is that I recently read that for every inch your head protrudes from its normal position, you add 10 additional pounds of force upon your neck.  This is enough to shift your entire body out of alignment, cause a great deal of neck and shoulder pain and reduce your lung capacity by up to 30%.

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Best spring/summer Nordic walking kit

The temperature is climbing and the ground drying out, so what’s the best kit to wear during this spring/summer transition?

Breathable Layers
The number one thing to remember is that breathable layering works in every situation - spring, summer, autumn and winter.  If I were a politician, I would be saying this three times as it’s my key message, but I’m not so I won’t.

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Shoulder focus plus the latest local news

Our shoulder joint is the most complicated joint in our whole body, with the greatest range of motion. You can move it in ten different ways. Ten!  It is no surprise therefore that shoulder injury or impingement is one of the biggest issues for those of you who walk with us (statistically three in ten adults will experience shoulder pain), outstripping even back ache.  

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Tone up for summer plus what to do with wonderful wild garlic

The recent warm weather teasers (I came home with a suntan after Wednesday’s Sand Bay coastal walk) and the lengthening days have made me think about summer.  More specifically about getting in shape for my summer holiday!  I don’t suppose I’m alone here.  Could you do with a bit of a boost to trim, tone and strengthen?  If so, did you know that running alongside all our fitness and exercises classes, we offer Body Boost?  This is our ultimate personalised package, where we develop a fitness plan around your specific goals and needs.

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Banish blisters, torso twist technique tips and brain health

The International Nordic Walking Federation (INWA) considers that there are 10 steps to achieving Nordic walking perfection.  Ten things before we can consider ourselves elevated to the elite echelons.  Sounds so simple - and, actually, it’s probably true.  Trouble is, how do we remember to do all these ten things at once, plus talk, plus enjoy ourselves?  For me the answer is a combination of mantras and cues.  Ignoring my mantra for the time being (that’s for another blog), I thought I’d share the various cues I use to help with the final INWA step - Step 10, Rotation.

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Nordic walking tips and paws – what’s on the market and which is best?

Have you ever given any thought to the tip system way down at the end of your pole? Does it matter, and if so, what are your choices? 

Why does the type of tip/paw on my pole matter?
If you want to optimise your Nordic walking experience and performance you need to consider every aspect of the pole you buy – the strap, the quality of the pole shaft itself and the tip/paw combination. For me, because all my poles are 100% carbon, it’s the tip system that dictates the pole I choose for a particular walk or event.

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Shin stretches, tips for walking on tarmac and the latest developments in poles and paws

One of the benefits of the active heel/toe roll in Nordic walking is that it works all the muscles in your lower body, including your calf and shin muscles.  Not only does this give you beautifully toned legs and boost circulation, it also means that you’ll never, ever be a ‘shuffler’. (If you want a re-cap on how to get active with your feet, why not re-visit my blog Technique focus - heel/toe roll.) 

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The power of good posture and a simple tip which might transform your Nordic walking technique

TED talks are often a topic of conversation at the Tuesday 10am Ashton Court walk. Last week’s discussion about the talk given by social psychologist Amy Cuddy particularly interested me.  'Power posturing' is nothing new and most of us are aware of the symbiotic relationship between our posture and our frame of mind.

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Do Fitbits decrease fatbits?

Hi everyone

It’s lovely to be here on the blog page, I’m on my best behaviour! Vicky will be yanking the reigns back out of my hands for the next newsletter.

My Fitbit fascination

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