Here at British Nordic Walking, we'd like to start the year by celebrating our Nordic Walking community projects, and sharing the excellent way they bring community, friendship and activity to a wide range of people.
JLS in East Yorkshire is run by Jenny, Lou and Sunil. This tight-knit community is helping people tackle challenges from the pandemic and is giving people the confidence to socialise. But it's not just confidence that has improved - the number of members taking park in longer monthly walking sessions and challenges has also increased. Members are entering races for the first time over distances they would have never tackled without Nordic Walking.
David Palmer, who works in public health, has been involved with Medway Nordic Walkers for 10 years and attracts people from all ages and abilities. With 15 qualified Instructors and Walk Leaders running regular walking sessions, it's possible to not only see fitness improving, but also connections with others. He explains, "Take everything you think you know about walks and the benefits... now double that list and that is what Nordic Walking is all about." We know what you mean David!
Merton in London has a Nordic Walking group run by the local U3A, which aims to keep older adults fit and healthy into their retirement. The use of poles increases the confidence in walking ability and helps participants maintain their mobility into older age. "Nordic Walking is a gentle but effective whole body exercise." Suggests Instructor Avril Cuthbert. The regular walks help reduce stress, anxiety and build self-esteem whilst connecting retirees with like-minded individuals.
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