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10 Tips To Increase Weight Loss When Walking

The global pandemic has stopped us in our tracks, literally. The unsettling environment we find ourselves in can be truly demotivating when it comes to exercise and it's hardly surprising when that little bit of extra weight creeps on. Scientists are discovering more and more links between the medical risks of excess weight and disease, so it's more important than ever that we take responsibility for our own health and fitness. 

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Indoor exercises and an outdoor NW coaching podcast

Although we can't physically be with you there's no reason to let your fitness drop with our indoor exercise classes and Vicky's new outdoor Norcdic walking coaching podcast!

Virtual exercise classes 
You’ve given us and our instructors (who are also Personal Trainers) fantastic feedback on their 30 minute Zoom workouts. They’re free to attend as we just want to keep you strong and fit and not lose that hard earned Nordic walking fitness.

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Supporting each other

The Coronavirus pandemic is making it a difficult and stressful time for all of us.  Parameters are changing daily and we are all trying to adjust and adapt, trying to do the right thing.

I thought it might be helpful to touch on two topics in this blog:

- What is the right thing regarding continuing our Nordic walking
- How as a club we can support each other.

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Further update on Coronavirus and Nordic Walking

Things are moving apace with information and advice concerning Covid 19 Coronavirus and we want to reassure you that we are keeping abreast of these developments and updating our club approach accordingly.  

One thing is certain: never has it felt more important to look after our health - and one of the cornerstones of this is fitness.

Continue to enjoy Nordic walking 
The government believes there are two main routes by which COVID-19 can be transmitted:

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Nordic walking and Covid 19 Coronavirus

Covid 19 Coronavirus is a new illness which is causing many a great deal of anxiety.  We recognise that government advice regarding this virus continues to evolve but here’s our current best view on how it affects our club.

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Friendships through Nordic walking

Last week Radio 4 Woman’s Hour devoted an entire programme to loneliness.  In this era of instant connection via social media platforms it seems that people have never felt more isolated.  Of the 66 million people crammed onto this island of ours about 9 million report often or always feeling lonely.  

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Seven ways to improve your circulation with Nordic walking

How many layers to wear is the first topic of conversation on almost all our walks, especially during winter.  

On a cold and blustery day we huddle around hopping from foot to foot in a freezing car park convinced we need multiple thermal layers, plus hats, gloves and scarves.  I chant my mantra ‘be bold start cold’ in an effort to persuade myself as much as anyone that we’ll be hot in no time.  But right now no one fully believes it.

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Folding Nordic walking poles – are they any good?

 

The biggest recent advance in Nordic walking poles is the advent of the folding Nordic walking pole.  Leki, one of the leading manufacturers of Nordic walking poles, now has four different types of folding pole on the market.  They are used by trail runners as well as Nordic walkers and are currently the most popular Nordic walking pole on the market.  But are they any good:

 

  1. As travel poles?
  2. For all year-round Nordic walking on grass, tracks, and mud?

 

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Nordic walkers' ode to Leigh Woods

This week was National Tree Week.  An annual celebration which was originally established by The Tree Council in 1975 to replant trees lost to Dutch Elm disease.  Tree planting campaigns go back before this though and many of you may remember the slogan ‘Plant a tree in ‘73’. 

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GENeco – Bristol’s amazing renewable energy and recycling plant

Since last Autumn we have been putting on regular events visiting places of interest in and around Bristol.  Our most recent trip was to GENeco, part of Wessex Water, a multi-award winning business which processes both sewage and food waste.  

I knew this visit required sturdy footwear and a high-vis jacket but I hadn’t fully appreciated that we’d be walking around this big outdoors site seeing the different processes transforming raw sewage into treated waste water, bio gas and compostables.  

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