Health

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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The less tangible benefits of Nordic walking

From politics to food choices to sport there is one common thread: not everyone likes the same thing.  So whilst I love Nordic walking and can see its many benefits, it is not everyone’s cup of tea.  On paper, Nordic walking looks impressive: engaging 90% of our muscles; burning up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking; challenging both the upper and lower body to give a total body workout; strengthening your postural muscles and firming your core.  But when I’m asked what Nordic walking’s key benefits are I increasingly turn to its less tangible qualities:

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Hot weather walking advice and something for everyone with our June walks

We have our final flurry of long walks coming up before the summer lull.  Two local and two further afield.  All are excellent.  Have a read and see if you fancy any of the following – we’d love you to join us:

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The head case – physical activity and mental wellbeing

Last week was mental health awareness week.  We all have mental health.  It is the umbrella term covering our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing and affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices.  Good mental health is an asset that helps us to thrive. Increasingly we mistakenly assume that ongoing stress is the price we have to pay to keep our lives on track.

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Geof's asthma story and a few facts about red deer

 “I’m leaving asthma behind me thanks to Nordic walking” says Geof Newman, one of our Oldbury Court Nordic walkers in an article published by Asthma UK.  Geof started walking with us in May 2016 and the impact it has had on his asthma has been profound.  I know that this is the case for several of you (I will shortly be printing Heather’s story) and here’s some of the reasons why:

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The back care blog - latest research and technique tips

I was fascinated by research published by the George Institute Sydney last week which concluded that taking drugs for back pain is largely pointless.  A bold statement, I thought, given that back pain is most commonly managed by prescribing medicines such as anti-inflamatories. 

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Our survey results and just how sugar smart are you?

This weekend saw the launch of a high profile and ambitious Sugar Smart campaign in Bristol.  Cakes, sweets, biscuits and sugary drinks are all things we turn to at times of celebration or when we crave comfort and reward.  They taste delicious and give us an instant ‘lift’.  But we now know that that pleasant sugar rush can lead to unhealthy eating patterns and all sorts of health issues.  The Jamie Oliver backed initiative is a campaign to increase our awareness of the harm of too much sugar – both on our weight and dental health.

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What is the right height pole for you, an exciting 1000 mile challenge and why our backs love Nordic walking

Nordic walk for back health

According to the British Chiropractic Association almost 80% of us suffer back pain at some point in our lives with nearly a quarter suffering daily.  Over half believe the cause is poor posture. Nordic walking is superb for helping with back pain.  It strengthens the postural muscles and the deep abdominal (‘core’) muscles.  Both are essential in supporting the back, especially the lumbar region which carries the weight of the upper body. 

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Welcome to Nordic walking

If this is your first visit to our website you may well be looking to see whether Nordic walking is for you. Also what we offer here at Bristol Nordic Walking.

What is Nordic walking?

Nordic walking is a very simple concept.  It uses two specially designed poles to engage your upper body as you walk and help accelerate you forwards. As you might expect from something that has evolved out of cross country skiing, it is an exceptionally efficient and effective form of exercise.  Here’s a few reasons why:

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Why Nordic walking in winter is so important plus some of your testimonials

The shortest day of the year is just around the corner.  There will be eight hours forty-nine minutes less daylight on Wednesday 21st December than on the summer solstice. 

These shorter days (less than eight hours of daylight during virtually all of December) and darker evenings are also often cold and wet, or just depressingly grey.  So it’s hardly surprising that we are tempted to snuggle up and stay indoors, eating comfort foods and being less active.  Even though we know that this centrally heated, electrically lit, stuffy environment is absolutely no good for us.

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