Monday, 13 December 2010

Nordic Walking event

On Saturday 11th December we organised 2 'Introduction to Nordic Walking' sessions on Wenlock Edge, the second session was added due to the high level of demand.
Fortunately most of the ice, that had made walking on many of the footpaths and the car park treacherous had melted just in time. At about 4 degrees the conditions were just about perfect for a 4 mile walk along the edge.
After everyone had been individually fitted with the correct size poles we were given some very interesting information about the benefits of Nordic Walking and about the correct technique to use by our instructors Martin and Sue.
Getting to grips with the basics whilst not looking at all silly!

Next we all walked around the car park several times as different elements of the technique were introduced bit by bit.

Striding out in the woods

Once we all seemed to have grasped the basics we set off into the woods for a 4 mile walk over mixed terrain so that we could get a real feel for how efficient the technique is. Most people if not all could appreciate how the poles helped on the uphill sections, spreading the load throughout the upper body rather than just depending on the legs to do the work.

even going downhill burns more calories
As we walked people were given advice about their technique by Martin and Sue and we were given more information about how Nordic Walking can help peoples health including, reducing the risk of Osteoporosis, assisting with weight loss as well as toning the body. There are many more benefits that are too numerous to mention here but it is worth mentioning that it burns 20% more calories than walking without poles, so if your anything like the groups that gave it a go on Saturday means that you can treat yourself to a slightly larger piece of cake at the end of the walk! 
We are currently planning another Introduction session in early February, watch this space for the details which should be known in the next few days.

Question and answer session at the end

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