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"If you think small things don’t make a difference you’ve never been to bed with a mosquito”.  It’s a saying that’s always made me chortle and the other day I realised its pertinence to Nordic walking. Not the mosquito of course but small adjustments can make a big difference to your enjoyment of Nordic walking and its effectiveness.  So I thought I’d jot down a short list of some of these small things in case they make a difference for you:

 

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Why we must keep Nordic walking and a magnificent snow shoeing trip to the Pyrenees

Spring has most definitely sprung this week.  The sap is rising and so is our energy.  Now is the very best time to put on your walking shoes and get out.  It is also the perfect time to take your walking fitness to the next level.  Don’t rush yourself with this but do push yourself – you may be surprised with what you can achieve.  Here’s seven reasons to help motivate you both to get out and get ambitious:

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The best Nordic walking travel poles for 2017 and our awesome April longer walks

We have three stunning long walks to offer you this April – a 2 hour local walk through the Wraxall valley; the magnificent Crook Peak ridge walk; and the ever popular Sand Bay circular walk.  These longer walks are the perfect opportunity to see some of the beautiful countryside around Bristol and to use your Nordic walking skills on different terrain.  You will be amazed at how much easier hills and uneven surfaces become – and how far you can walk!

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Looking after your wrists

I’ve been thinking a lot about my wrists recently, this is partly because at the back end of last year I had an arthritic flare-up in my joints. It happens every now and then and is the reason why I gave up running and started Nordic walking. Yes I know I didn’t tell you, because it didn’t stop me from Nordic walking.  I was actually at my best then as everything was being gently mobilised, but it has made me take stock of how best to look after my joints going forwards. 

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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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Technique focus - the lean, the Bristol Life Awards and our mad-March walks

Here’s a short but sweet Nordic walking tip: lean (from your ankles) and you will walk faster and increase your core strength.

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Cross-country skiing in Finland

As many of you may know, I have spent the last week in Akaslompolo, a small Lapp village deep within the Arctic Circle - the perfect place for cross-country skiing. 

This was our second Bristol Nordic Walking trip to Finland and I came with Polly, Ginny, Martin and Bina, none of whom had cross-country skied before. Nordic walking has its origins in cross-country skiing and given how much we love that, why not take it to the next level and try Nordic skiing?

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Longer walks, research update and how to exercise after 40

I’m bursting with news this week, so read on and enjoy.

Longer walks and trips abroad

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Pole maintenance and one walker's story of how Nordic walking helped her return to health

This week’s blog is a mix of practicality and inspiration.  For those of you who have your own poles and are wondering how to keep them in good working order I’ve set out some pole maintenance tips below.  First though for the inspiration…

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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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