What is Nordic Walking?
Nordic Walking uses nordic walking poles in a similar way to cross-country skiing. In fact it was developed for elite cross country skiers as a way to keep fit in the summer months. The poles are planted behind you in order to propel you along more quickly than regular walking.
What are the benefits?
The workout that you get when walking with poles is extremely beneficial for people of all ages and fitness levels. The technique enhances your overall walking experience, enabling you to improve your posture, strengthen the core, and release stress in the shoulders and back. Once you have mastered the technique you will be able to build up your speed, adapt for any terrain and really start burning the calories!
How can I learn the nordic walking technique?
Contact Alison Thompson, member of REPS and a qualified nordic walking instructor for more information. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 07576 283882
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather. Walking shoes are preferable to heavy rigid walking boots as the shoes allow the sole and ankle to be flexible which is what you need for nordic walking.
Do I need to buy poles?
No, Alison will provide these whilst you are learning the technique. Once you have completed the training, which usually takes place over two sessions lasting one and a half hours, you may wish to purchase your own poles and Alison can advise you on this.
For more information about nordic walking contact www.britishnordicwalking.org.uk