What is Nordic Walking?
Founded in Finland and used as a cross-country skiing summer training method. Nordic walking uses specially designed poles to engage the upper body during fitness walking. Involving the upper body takes some of the effort from the lower limbs and propels the body forward. This makes walking distances seem easier, especially up hills and inclines.
I offer to help clients, who wish to become more active (and lose weight by getting back into regular exercise) to learn Nordic Walking. Nordic Walking Technique can help improve walking gait and posture. This can be done during hour long one-to-one sessions or small group sessions. We use local parkland areas such as The Carrs and Styal Country Park, as well as small urban parks such as Meriton Park, Handforth.
Benefits of Nordic Walking
- Uses 90% of the skeletal muscles
- Burns up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking
- Reduces the pressure on the knees and joints.
- Poles propel the walker along, making it easier to move faster than normal without feeling the effort.
- Increases upper body strength.
- Ideal for neck, shoulder and back problems
- Great for weight loss and general conditioning.
- It is a total body workout!
- It is a great social activity and you can enjoy with friends and family for a lifetime.
For those who have difficulty walking and need to have more stability from a walking pole, I can provide Activator Poles, which allows for greater weight bearing through the pole which can increase confidence with walking.
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Wilmslow Health Walks
I am introducing Wilmslow Health Walks for people who’d like to get more active and lose weight with a bit of support. Many of us find that controlling our weight can be difficult from time to time. Many of us also feel we’d like to exercise more and eat more carefully. Some need a little help to get on track with this. Eating well, keeping our weight under control and being physically active can help protect ourselves against Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes.
These Health Walks will start from Wilmslow CAM Clinic where we will meet up and then we’ll go for a Nordic Walk. This can be in The Carrs to Styal Country Park or Lindow Common. It will take about an hour.
I have some great weight management resources that will be available to you if you join my sessions. For those unfamiliar with Nordic Walking Technique, you will need to do a one-one session with me before you join in the regular sessions. I will provide the poles with a nominal charge, part of which will go to The British Heart Foundation. If you have nordic walking poles and want to use your own, I will just ask if you would give a small donation to the charity.
Once you get used to the Nordic Walking Technique you’ll find your walking gait and posture will improve. You’ll become much more aware of the way you’re walking. You may even start to walk better even without the poles!
“My aim is to help people, like myself, who have a family history of Heart Disease”
The small group sessions will be open to everyone. The aim will be for you to enjoy walking and feel the benefits to mind and body.
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Mindful Nordic Walking
Walk well with a relaxed body and mind
Mindful Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles to engage the upper body during walking. Involving the upper body takes some of the effort from the lower limbs and propels the body forward. It can help you to improve your walking gait and posture, become more active and lose weight by getting back into regular exercise.
I am planning a series of walks and workshops with Mindfulness teacher, Katie Sheen. Together we will be combining the benefits of Nordic Walking and Mindfulness.
I will introduce you to the Nordic Walking Technique in parkland areas around Wilmslow, Bramhall, Macclesfield and other Cheshire areas and will provide the poles.
The mindful walking section will be led by Soul Nutrition Founder, Katie Sheen.
Katie has been practicing mindfulness in her own life for over fifteen years. She attends the Heart of Manchester Sangha, a group of local people from a variety of faiths who practice mindful living in the tradition of Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh. You can read more about Katie on the Soul Nutrition team page
Our aim is to help you relieve stress in the body and mind, learn to walk well with good posture and, most of all, enjoy the wonderful benefits of exercising in the outdoors in the beautiful parkland areas of Cheshire!