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Your chance to be involved in a very exciting Nordic walking research project plus some Nordic walking anniversaries

Since I first started Bristol Nordic Walking seven years ago I’ve wanted to run a research project comparing ordinary walking with Nordic walking – on the flat, uphill and downhill.  There is already good documented evidence on the benefits of Nordic walking over regular walking but often this is connected to specific health conditions. 

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Nordic walking kit for the Autumn transition, walking for Penny Brohn plus a walker’s review of the St Oswald’s trail

Sunny tinged with cold and wet is the most positive spin I can put on the last few weeks.  It feels as though we are already transitioning from summer to autumn, with dewy mornings and shortening evenings.  So it’s as well to think about adapting our walking kit accordingly.  Here’s some things to consider:

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How to Nordic walk on tarmac

In Bristol we are lucky to have lots of public parks and open spaces which means we mostly Nordic walk on grass and tracks.  It makes things nice and easy technique wise – no unpleasant scuffing noises if you’re not planting cleanly plus the tips of the poles grip well in the soft ground, providing an excellent propulsion platform.

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Public Health Matters and Leki pole update

A public health study published last week sheds light on the health trends and habits of our country. I thought you may find it interesting..

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Progressing your fitness and a useful video to keep your back strong

 In last week's BNW newsletter we encouraged you to keep your fitness moving onwards and upwards by mixing up your Nordic walks. It's very easy to get stuck in a fitness rut. Our bodies adapt extraordinarily quickly and we constantly need to be throwing new challenges at ourselves to progress - or even just to stand still. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about benchmarking your fitness by timing yourself over a set route every month or so, but there's a whole host of other ways to keep your body guessing and you motivated. Here's five things that could make the difference for you:

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Three of our best warm-up exercises and some summertime reading

 

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Benchmarking your fitness plus NW poles arrive in Bristol

I am constantly impressed by the fitness gains of our walkers.  New walkers most usually find themselves somewhere near the back of the group.  But after just a few weeks of consistent walking and technique advice there’s a marked change.  Both speed and stamina improve, often dramatically.  The reason is multi-faceted:

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Technique focus: Arm swing

One of the cornerstones of the Nordic walking technique is the arm swing.  It is also the easiest to get wrong.  So the arm swing is the next in my series of Nordic walking ‘what, why, how’ guides.  The aim of these guides is to help you improve your health, strength and fitness through developing your Nordic walking technique.  It assists those of you who are new to Nordic walking to learn and embed the technique into your action.  It’s also a useful reminder for those of us who have been Nordic walking for a while as it’s all too easy to slip into bad habits! 

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Technique tips for your core, orchids in the Gorge, Women in Sport week plus summer walking shoes on test

It’s all go this week in my blog and something for everyone I hope.  First, a little reminder of what to do to strengthen your core and nip in your waist whilst Nordic walking:

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Plantar Fasciitis explained plus why you need to be especially watchful of the cows at this time of year

If you’ve ever had a pain in your heel or underneath your foot, chances are it’s plantar fasciitis.  Statistically about one in ten of us are likely to get it and we are most at risk during middle–age.  I’ve had conversations with a number of you recently about this most frustrating of conditions so I asked Susie Burness of Bristol Physio if she could explain what it is, how it comes about, and what treatments are available.  Here’s what she said:

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