New Forest 10 mile Nordic Walk
Come and join this beautiful 10 mile Nordic Walk which will take you through stunning woodlands, along cycle tracks and some country lanes with water stops. This is a lead walk, not a race, but will have three groups of walkers split into ability levels for maximum enjoyment, giving you a full body workout whatever your level!
On September 10th we will be offering one stunning walk route lead at 3 different paces
Fast paced- 4-5+mph
Medium paced 3-4mph
Dont worry of you don’t know your walk pace, these are just approximate speeds.
Only qualified Nordic Walkers will be able to enter this event, but no need to worry if you’d like to take part and haven’t learned how to yet – there’s plenty of time! Local accredited Nordic Walking UK instructor, Suzanne Madden, will be offering a special “fast track” course which can be completed over a weekend (normally a 4 week course). For further details contact Suzanne on 07903 772181 or at [email protected]
If you’re not local to the area and would like to learn to Nordic Walk, find your closest instructor at www.nordicwalking.co.uk
More About Nordic Walking
What is it?
Nordic Walking is basically cross country ski-ing without the snow or the skis!!! Nordic Walking uses poles in order to add two major benefits to walking
The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs
The poles help to propel the walker along – this means he/she works harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier!
Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique and is not to be confused with trekking, hill walking or trail running as the poles are not planted in front of the walker/runner but in a specific way that increases the use of the upper body. It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing. Nordic Walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world and is used by individuals, personal trainers, health clubs, physiotherapists, doctors and health promoters because it is highly effective, affordable and FUN! Nordic Walking technique MUST be learnt correctly if the participant is to get the most out of the activity – the full Health technique that ensures the whole body works efficiently is only taught by NWUK qualified Instructors.
Beneficial for all
Nordic Walking is quite unique in that it provides benefits for everybody from those with medical problems to the super fit. Whatever fitness level or goal, – Nordic Walking is suitable, effective and enjoyable.
Tones the upper and lower body at the same time
Uses 90% of the skeletal muscles
Burns up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking
Reduces the pressure on knees and joints
Great for the heart and lungs
Ideal for neck, shoulder and back problems
Poles propel the walker along, making it easier to move faster then normal without feeling the effort.
It is one of the most effective cross training techniques for athletes and sportspeople who require ultimate cardiovascular and endurance conditioning.
Can be done anywhere – no need for hills, country paths or even snow
It appeals to all ages and fitness levels
No need to wear special exercise clothing
It’s very sociable:participants can chat as they go
It is easy to learn and to keep up.
It combines exercise with nature which has been proven to boost mood