Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking - so much more than a walk in the park!

Nordic walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world with over 10 million enthusiasts now regularly taking part in what was originally used by super fit cross country skiers as a way to stay fit during the summer.

It’s suitable for all ages and fitness levels, simple to learn and really sociable. By using the specially designed poles, you can use all the major muscles in the body and burn up to twice as many calories as ordinary walking but the best thing is that the poles actually propel you along so it feels easier.

The poles also reduce the pressure on the knees and joints and the gentle upper body movement is great for easing back and neck pain too. It’s so effective that it is being used for weight loss, rehabilitation and sports specific training all the over the UK and those that have tried all agree that being outdoors was energising and that they felt fantastic afterwards!

However it is not simply a case of grabbing a pair of poles and walking with them! It requires the correct technique in order to get the whole body working and it is essential you learn. I run four week “Learn to Nordic Walk” classes which will ensure you get the full benefit and fastest possible results. The four week courses run regularly, after completing this course you will be certified competent to join a Nordic Walk – anywhere in the UK!

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Nordic Walking Facts

- It can burn nearly twice as many calories as ordinary walking – It reduces the strain on knees and joints – It uses over 90% of the major muscles – Its suitable for all levels – Can be done anywhere – urban or rural – Its great for back, neck and shoulder problems – Outdoor exercise is proven to have a positive effect on the state of mind

Nordic Walking Classes

Adventure Walk – Hilly and can be hardwork. Classes on Wednesday nights will be with head torches!
Wellness Walk – Less hills, but still a workout, great for people who are new to Nordic Walking or returning to regular exercise.
Ultimate Nordic – Ski Fit – During classes you will be using your Nordic Walking Poles and will work on a number of elements – cardio, weight transfer, balance, coordination, Rhythm, Muscular strength, Agility and flexibility. This will be harder than a Nordic Walk session and comparable to outdoor workout but without the impact. As it is a progresive programme this is sold as a six week course -£35 for the six week course. The Tuesday night class is a seven week course with an optional first week for those people who have not done a Nordic Walking course so that they can get up to speed with how to use the poles. Cost will be £45 for the seven week course, or £35 if you just do the six weeks (provided you are already a Nordic Walker).

If you would like to purchase anything from the Nordic Walking Shop, please click here.

Melissa was recently featured in BodyFit Magazine. She talked about Nordic Walking. Please click the thumbnail below to view the article.