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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. 

We started two weekly Nordic walking classes in Royal Victoria Park on 15th May 2017 with an energetic new instructor, Sarah Lillywhite.  It is an excellent venue - a beautiful park with hidden nuggets of interest; a hilly golf course to get your heart pumping; and the all-important café (with far-too many tempting cakes) as our meeting point. 

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Healthy body workshop series

One of the many reasons why I’m a big fan of Nordic walking is that informs us on how we should move and walk.  Walking, like breathing, is a function that we’ve been doing for almost the entirety of our lives yet mostly given no thought to.  There really should be lessons in school – how to breath, how to walk – it would have a much more profound impact on our lives than knowing who the six wives of Henry VIII were.  It would also probably save the NHS billions as we’d have the tools to know through correct breathing and walking how to ease tension and anxiety, strengthen our deeply import

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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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