Nordic Walking

Nordic walking was originally developed in Finland as a summer training regime for cross-country skiers to stay fit when there was no snow around.  This has now been adapted into a fun and social activity for anybody to do. More than 10 million people globally enjoy this outdoor activity all year round.
Nordic Walking is simple, fun, sociable, and effective. Simply put, it is a way of using a pair of poles to include exercising the upper body whilst walking – the result being that almost the entire body gets a workout from going for a walk.

I have been an INWA Nordic Walking Instructor since 2011, and i’m a member of British Nordic Walking

Some of its the major benefits of Nordic Walking:

  • Using poles means you use your upper body muscles as well as your legs – 90% of the major muscles.
  • The poles help to propel you. So even as you work harder than usual, the support given by the poles makes it feel easier.
  • It makes you feel lighter on your feet, thus reducing the pressure on knees and hips.
  • It is suitable for social prescribing by GPs and other healthcare professionals
  • It can help with neck, shoulder and back problems.
  • It’s suitable for all levels of fitness.
  • It’s sociable.
  • It’s affordable – anybody can go for a Nordic walk anywhere (urban or rural environments) and it doesn’t require expensive equipment (most instructors will provide poles, or you can buy a pair for about £30+).

Who is Nordic walking suitable for?
Nordic walking is great for anyone of any age looking to be more active but not keen on typical exercise. It’s suitable for people with joint pain or health issues, ideal cross training for runners, and can even be a great workplace workout.

How do I get started?
It’s important to learn the technique from a qualified Instructor who can watch you and ‘teach in’ good technique from the start. It usually takes 2 x 90 min beginners sessions to safely learn the ’10 steps’ of the proper Nordic Walking technique. I can provide the poles, and once you have completed both the beginners sessions you can join a group walk at a level that suits you.
Making friends at a group walk, getting out in nature, getting some exercise, and having a coffee and a sociable chat later is the way that thousands of people enjoy Nordic Walking every week.

Next Steps
I am a qualified instructor and also have the pre-requisite insurance and first aid qualifications. I teach 1:1 and private small group classes, as well as ‘open’ bookable classes at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels at a ratio of 1:10 or less, in the parks and countryside on the West side of Sheffield. Beginner classes are 90 mins (x2), and the other walks vary in length up to 2.5 hrs.

Please drop me an email to enquire about instruction and classes …..

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