A great way to start!Nordic Walking is perfect for those that want or need to get more active! It is simple to learn, suitable for people that have been inactive for a while or have medical conditions such as: • Back, Shoulder or Neck problems • Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis • Diabetes (type 2) • Stress and Anxiety • Obesity • High Blood Pressure It is gentle, not intimidating and does not appear too much like conventional 'exercise' as participants don't need to get changed or work hard enough to feel uncomfortable, sweaty or out of their depth. It is a great way to gently encourage full body movement whilst the poles help to reduce pressure on the knees and joints and help propel the walker along hence making it feel easier than it really is. Often it is fear of aggravating a medical condition that puts people off taking up exercise - many have over done it in an attempt to get fit and find themselves less active than ever. Nordic Walking really is one of the best ways to gently increase activity without the risk of over doing things. See stories on the NWUK blog DOUGS STORY From poor health to fitness using Nordic Walking Following a very serious illness, in 2005, I was having difficulty walking because of upper back pain and breathing difficulties - I could only walk one or two kilometers before the pain became really bad - I was no longer able to enjoy country walking, and other activities. I was also very overweight and a bit of a couch potato. In 2006, a friend suggested that I try a Nordic Walking Taster session, as he thought it might help me. By the time that session ended, I was totally hooked! I no longer experience any pain, and my breathing is much easier, while walking with the Nordic Walking poles, but still get the pain, etc, when walking any distance without the poles. I immediately bought a set of Nordic Walking poles and began enjoying walking again, and as a real bonus, within two months, I had regained a reasonable level of fitness, and I had lost over two stones in weight, by doing three to five (45-60 minute) sessions per week, plus making some dietary changes. I felt so much better, and my GP and Consultant were delighted, as was my wife (apart from the cost of having to buy new clothes!). Doug has now quailified as a NWUK Instructor and delivers fantastic inspirational sessions in Kent.
I started Nordic Walking follwoing a serious illness, within two months, I had regained a reasonable level of fitness, and I had lost over two stones in weight, by doing three to five (45-60 minute) sessions per week, plus making some dietary changes. I felt so much better, and my GP and Consultant were delighted, as was my wife (apart from the cost of having to buy new clothes!).