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|
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|