Seven good reasons to take up Nordic Walking in 2018!

IT HELPS WITH WEIGHT LOSS

Emma on the right of this picture is a busy Mum of three who suddenly realised she was leading a sedentary life. At the end of 2016 she took up NW and this is a picture of her in a Workout Walk (having climbed her first hill!)

By September 2017 when the next picture was taken Emma was competing in the Purbeck 16 mile challenge and had lost 3 stone. Now she is over 4 stone lighter and works at NWUK HQ!

Emma says the challenge gave her the motivation to work hard and is contemplating the 27 event in 2018!


IT’S GREAT FOR ARTHRITIS!
“Having taken up Nordic Walking late last year, encouraged by my wife, I feel that I can honestly claim that it has helped me recover both fitness and body strength after a bad dose of arthritis some three years earlier. Medication helped overcome the initial effects of the arthritis, but soon this gave way to some of the more unpleasant side effects. The most severe of these was an attack on my gut lining resulting in poor absorption of food, which caused me to drop in weight from 12 stones to 9 stones. I am also type 2 diabetic, which means that I have to control my diet carefully.

Stopping taking the medication and avoiding certain food types saw my weight increase to 11 stone, where it has stabilised. Now, having taken up Nordic Walking, I have noticed that I feel much stronger, can walk much further than I have been able to for over three years – and a welcome side effect appears to be that my blood sugars have fallen to their lowest levels for some three to four years. And all of this whilst meeting a great bunch of people!”

IT HELPS WITH RISK OF DIABETES
It all started about 9 months ago when at the ripe old age of 64 my doctor informed me that my blood sugar levels were getting rather high and I was on the verge of clicking over into the the Type 2 Diabetes zone. He suggested I lose some weight and take more exercise. I wasn’t massively overweight (about 6 kg) but over the years had stopped taking regular exercise. What was worse was that the extra weight was all being carried in the worst possible place i.e. around the middle.

Luckily, my wife had seen a piece on breakfast TV about Nordic Walking. I was sceptical about trying it, since I thought what can walking do for a bloke of my age, but she insisted we give it a go. Thank God she did.

So what’s the position after 8 months of Nordic walking:-

  • I have lost about 4kg in weight
  • I have lost 2 inches off my waist
  • My blood sugar levels are near the normal category for a bloke of my age
  • I feel fitter, stronger and have more stamina and endurance.

– Gerry

IT’S GOOD FOR DIGESTIVE HEALTH
‘I started Nordic walking in September and already it has had a significant impact on my life.  Not only is it an extremely enjoyable way to exercise that I very much look forward to, but I have also noticed some significant health benefits.  My posture has noticeably improved which makes exercise much easier, more efficient and pleasurable to do.  However, for many years I have suffered quite severe digestive problems and much to my surprise since I have taken up Nordic walking this has completely disappeared and has not returned. I can see now how bad posture impacts on my body in many ways including my digestive system.  A final unexpected additional bonus,  I have actually lost weight.’

– Richard

IT’S SOCIABLE
I was looking for an alternative form of exercise when I had to give up swimming after developing a sensitivity to chlorine. I had heard about Nordic Walking and decided to try it. I found my Instructor through the Nordic Walking website and attended one of her courses to learn how to do it. I liked it from the start as it involves the upper body as well as the legs and provides a good work out. She is an excellent teacher and supports the mixed ability groups very well on the Adventure Walks. I also enjoy the social side, with conversation as we walk and some après walk treats in tearooms and pubs. Swimming lengths wasn’t very sociable!

– Diana

IT’S OUTDOORS
I was acutely aware, for some time, of the need to introduce some sort of exercise into my busy but largely sedentary routine. Given my age and gender – not to mention appalling levels of fitness and a gradually worsening weight problem – I have an aversion to gyms. I read about Nordic Walking and decided to give it a try. I’m so glad I did! The walks are always in varied and scenic locations and leave me feeling energised. Despite having mild arthritis I have found that walking with poles helps to reduce the stress placed on joints and provides an enjoyable workout – it even burns more calories – hurrah! Being able to book walks in advance helps to keep me motivated and each walk is sociable and fun. Kate is a great teacher – her enthusiasm is infectious and she is extremely supportive and encouraging towards every member of the group. I would recommend Nordic walking to anyone wishing to improve or maintain their fitness level and who likes ‘the great outdoors’!

– Andrea


IT’S SIMPLY LIFE CHANGING!
I have decided to Nordic walk 500 miles in 2018 but that’s something I would never have imagined I would ever do!

My husband John died 6 years ago and I was totally exhausted, run down, lost and overweight. I joined Slimming World and started to lose weight. I knew I had to get fit and I was blessed to find Nordic walking and Mercian Nordic Walking in particular. The support from Ian, my Instructor has been amazing.

I now want to combine my love of Nordic walking with fundraising for the homeless charity Socks and Chocs which was set up by Ian.

I would like other Nordic walkers across the country to join me in this goal of Nordic walking 500 miles by opening up their own Virgin Money page for Socks and Chocs or simply donate to my quest via this link.

MY GOAL IS TO INSPIRE PEOPLE TO WALK AND GET FIT SO THAT THEY CAN FEEL THE BENEFITS AS I HAVE DONE.

Nordic Walking offers more than just fitness, it offers a new way to enjoy life and meet new friends and proves that there is life after a sad loss.

– Lynne

IF THIS HAS INSPIRED YOU TO GET POLING IN 2018 – CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR LOCAL GROUP – SIMPLY POP IN YOUR POSTCODE AND SEARCH FOR A TASTER OR LEARN TO NORDIC WALK COURSE HERE

If you have a FREEDOM passport already, search for a range of fun walks and simply book in on line. Nordic walkers without a FREEDOM passport can gain one with a participating Instructor via a quick ‘refresher’ session – let us know if you would like us to arrange this for you – e mail support@nordicwalking.co.uk

Xmas Gifts for Nordic Walkers

Christmas Gifts from Nordic Walking UKWe have put together a range of gifts that will suit everybody from the Nordic Walking enthusiast to an absolute beginner who fancies giving it a try.

So, don’t get stuck for ideas this Christmas, just browse our Nordic Walking inspired gift packs or simply select a voucher and let your loved ones choose for themselves!

 

THE ULTIMATE ‘GETTING STARTED’ GIFT PACK Only £99

xmas voucher book polesShow somebody you really care by giving them everything they need to take up Nordic walking. Combine our informative book with a NWUK ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ course  with their nearest delivery partner instructor AND their own pair of Gabel Nordic walking poles. This course will ensure they master Nordic walking technique and get the results they want – it comes complete with the NWUK freedom card which provides a host of benefits and will enable them to join walks and events across the UK

Gift includes:-

  • Complete guide to Nordic Walking
  • a pair Gabel stretch Lite poles
  • A NWUK ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ course
  • NWUK Freedom card

CLICK HERE TO BUY


 

BASIC BEGINNERS PACK only £59.00

xmas gift book and polesA thoughtful gift for somebody who fancies giving Nordic Walking a try – our easy to follow Complete Guide will help them to grasp the basics and help them get the most from their fully adjustable poles. A great gift for all levels.

Gift includes:-

  • The complete Guide to Nordic Walking
  • a Pair of Gabel Nordic walking poles

CLICK HERE TO BUY


 

NORDIC WALKING WINTER ACCESSORIES  PACK £45.00

xmas gift gloves, light and waistpackNo Nordic walker would turn down this pack of goodies which will help them stay safe and comfortable during the winter months.The Gabel gloves fit snugly into any make of Nordic Walking straps and are padded in all the right places! The little flexible light will fix onto poles, backpacks and even clothing – choose red for back and white for the front! Complete the pack with a nifty little waist belt that keeps valuables, phone and keys close to hand and safe whilst out walking, it’s comfy too in soft flexible neoprene.

CLICK HERE TO BUY


 

NORDIC WALKING GIFT VOUCHERS

gift voucherIf you would rather let your loved ones choose their own gift options we can arrange everything from tuition with a local Instructor to a new career as an Instructor themselves!

Or maybe something smaller like a pair of poles or any of our clothing shoes and accessories?

We have £5.00, £10.00 and £50.00 options available on line but we are more than happy to do bespoke amounts and agree whether they can spend on courses or within the store – you choose!

The Vouchers are available on the gift packages page  – click HERE– or call us to build your perfect pressie! 0333 1234 540

 bottle uprightSTOCKING FILLERS

If you are seeking some Nordic style stocking fillers, our Elves tell us that replacement paws, gloves, pad butlers and socks are the most popular items this year but who will be able to resist our special purple branded water bottles which come with the strapline ‘Turn a walk into a workout!’ and are only £6.95 – check out our full range of items from shoes to backpacks HERE

Get into the swing with our daily smovey workout

Smoveys - tone, energise and increase range of movement

Whether you are a regular Nordic walker and very active or somebody who is interested but not yet ventured out with some poles the SMOVEY is the must have exercise tool of 2012. Just 10 – 20 minutes a day will give you NOTICEABLE results.

The Smovey is not simply a weight that you swing as you walk – this clever little device contains steel balls that move when you do and this has THREE amazing effects. First it increases your range of movement and secondly it provides resistance which makes the smovey feel heavier at some points as you swing it – and if that’s not enough….the smovey also VIBRATES with every swing which increases the toning and energising effects. Continue reading

From unfit smoker to challenge winner – Stewart’s story

Stewart with his new Gabel Inverso Alu poles

When Stewart McFarlane was smoking heavily it did at least make him go up and down stairs every time he popped out for a cigarette at work!

Once he made the decision to quit in 2007 however, he piled on the weight and realised he was in poor health and not active at all. This is his story about how he gradually introduced walking and nordic walking into his daily routine and how an NWUK challenge inspired him to cover 889 miles in 5 months! Continue reading

FREE TASTERS as part of GAMES4LIFE

Games 4 Life summer campaign logo

You may have already seen the TV ads that signal the start of the latest Government campaign aimed at getting people to live more healthily.With the most exciting summer of sport fast-approaching, Change4Life is calling upon the nation to get inspired and get active with the launch of Games4Life. Continue reading

Endomondo – Join our 2012 Nordic Walking challenge

Here at Nordic Walking UK, we are always looking for the latest gadgets and gizmo’s that will make your Nordic Walking experience as enjoyable and fun as possible.  As some of our team members and instructors are always Nordic Walking for fitness, it got us looking for a Smart Phone app that could record our routes and workouts.  Here’s our favourite:

Endomondo is a FREE app, avaliable on iphone, Blackberry and Android phones. Endomondo.com is the place where you automatically track all your sports data and monitor your performance over time. At Endomondo.com you meet like-minded friends, get inspired by them, challenge them and follow their activities… live! Nordic Walking UK challenges you to join our regular challenges, as an individual or through your Nordic Walking UK Instructor group.
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Weight loss – the Nordic Walking way

Kaye Redwood

Kaye Now after starting Nordic Walking

When Kaye Redwood joined the management team at Nordic Walking UK she was not a keen exerciser and her love of the good life had resulted in rapid weight gain. Here’s her story about how her introduction to Nordic Walking and the Pete Cohen weight loss programme used by Nordic Walking UK Instructors were just what she needed when she received a surprise proposal of marriage whilst on holiday in Italy!

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