Nordic Walking has arrived in East Bristol for 2016!
What is Nordic Walking?
Nordic Walking is just like ordinary walking except that you use two specially designed poles to help propel you forward. It has its origins in cross country skiing, so your upper body muscles as well as your legs are involved. It makes Nordic walking a genuine whole body exercise and it can be as gentle or energetic as you want
It's outdoors, sociable, fun and dog friendly
As an Instructor running classes in East Bristol for Bristol Nordic Walking, it's great to be part of a lovely team of people, sharing the enjoyment of this great exercise. To read more about Bristol Nordic Walking log onto http://www.bristolnordicwalking.co.uk/ then you can book yourself onto a beginners workshop and you're ready to join my local walks in Oldbury Court every Tuesday and Friday morning 9.30am from the car park.
Are you a dog owner? Then this is a great opportunity for you to improve your health and fitness whilst walking the dog at the same time. Both you and your pooch will be able to socialise and enjoy every walk.....come rain or shine! My little cavachon Bella cant wait to make some new friends too (see her below looking all angelic!!).
What are the benefits?
Social and Fun
The walks are full of chat and laughter but donʼt think you arenʼt getting a work-out! The highly effective technique means that you can walk further and faster than you usually would and still keep up a conversation. Coupled with the ʻfeel goodʼ factor of being in the great outdoors.
You can burn between 20% and 46% more calories with Nordic walking than with ordinary walking. This is fantastic news if you are wanting to lose weight or just ﬁnd a way to manage your weight. The increased calorie demand is because you are using both your upper and lower body. The poles also make you work harder without even realising it. At Bristol Nordic Walking we run speciﬁc combined ﬁtness and Nordic walking classes, keeping you motivated and your body challenged.
Sculpts your arms and trims your waist too
Nordic walking targets your triceps (bingo wings) and helps strengthen and deﬁne your shoulders. Plus when you use the poles properly you will trim your waist and strengthen your entire core! Pushing the poles into the ground really works the entire ʻmiddleʼ of the body and all of your back, so you really are getting a great upper body workout from a very natural movement. Nordic walking is also a weight-bearing exercise and uses 90% of the bodyʼs skeletal muscle. So it is excellent for bone health and as it is outside your body is able to absorb that all important vitamin D.
Posture and tension
A key feature of Nordic walking is that you plant the poles behind you. This keeps your posture upright and your chest open. The technique, which includes rotating your upper body, also helps release tension in your neck and shoulders and reduces the impact on joints. In our classes we always spend some time working on technique to ensure you are getting the maximum beneﬁt from Nordic walking - ʻhead up, shoulders down, chest outʼ has almost become a mantra!
So, if you fancy trying Nordic Walking for yourself, then we would love to hear from you. Just log onto bristolnordicwalking.co.uk to book your place!