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Tone up for summer plus what to do with wonderful wild garlic

The recent warm weather teasers (I came home with a suntan after Wednesday’s Sand Bay coastal walk) and the lengthening days have made me think about summer.  More specifically about getting in shape for my summer holiday!  I don’t suppose I’m alone here.  Could you do with a bit of a boost to trim, tone and strengthen?  If so, did you know that running alongside all our fitness and exercises classes, we offer Body Boost?  This is our ultimate personalised package, where we develop a fitness plan around your specific goals and needs.

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Banish blisters, torso twist technique tips and brain health

The International Nordic Walking Federation (INWA) considers that there are 10 steps to achieving Nordic walking perfection.  Ten things before we can consider ourselves elevated to the elite echelons.  Sounds so simple - and, actually, it’s probably true.  Trouble is, how do we remember to do all these ten things at once, plus talk, plus enjoy ourselves?  For me the answer is a combination of mantras and cues.  Ignoring my mantra for the time being (that’s for another blog), I thought I’d share the various cues I use to help with the final INWA step - Step 10, Rotation.

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Nordic walking tips and paws – what’s on the market and which is best?

Have you ever given any thought to the tip system way down at the end of your pole? Does it matter, and if so, what are your choices? 

Why does the type of tip/paw on my pole matter?
If you want to optimise your Nordic walking experience and performance you need to consider every aspect of the pole you buy – the strap, the quality of the pole shaft itself and the tip/paw combination. For me, because all my poles are 100% carbon, it’s the tip system that dictates the pole I choose for a particular walk or event.

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Shin stretches, tips for walking on tarmac and the latest developments in poles and paws

One of the benefits of the active heel/toe roll in Nordic walking is that it works all the muscles in your lower body, including your calf and shin muscles.  Not only does this give you beautifully toned legs and boost circulation, it also means that you’ll never, ever be a ‘shuffler’. (If you want a re-cap on how to get active with your feet, why not re-visit my blog Technique focus - heel/toe roll.) 

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The power of good posture and a simple tip which might transform your Nordic walking technique

TED talks are often a topic of conversation at the Tuesday 10am Ashton Court walk. Last week’s discussion about the talk given by social psychologist Amy Cuddy particularly interested me.  'Power posturing' is nothing new and most of us are aware of the symbiotic relationship between our posture and our frame of mind.

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Do Fitbits decrease fatbits?

Hi everyone

It’s lovely to be here on the blog page, I’m on my best behaviour! Vicky will be yanking the reigns back out of my hands for the next newsletter.

My Fitbit fascination

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Health in middle years plus a handy nutrition book for on the go

I want to start with the launch of ‘One You’ * last week by Public Health England.  It’s aim is to raise awareness in the over 40s about the need to prioritise their health now to enjoy a healthy retirement.  Many have criticised its ‘patronising’ tone.  However, whatever people may say about this latest campaign, the statistics are fascinating.  Although overall life expectancy is at record levels, many are spending their retirement living in ill health.  Lead a healthy lifestyle (by drinking less, exercising more, eating better and giving up smoking) in middle years and you can double you

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Reflections on our cross-country skiing trip to Finland

I’ve wanted to try my hand at cross country skiing ever since I discovered Nordic walking over six years ago.  This trip was the culmination of two years worth of researching and planning and every day I bubbled over with joy, gliding (sort of) along the purpose-made tracks through this beautiful part of the world.

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Six tips for healthy hips plus Nordic walking meets Nordic skiing

Healthy hips

I had a proverbial bee in my bonnet this week about showing those of you who were at my classes how Nordic walking can help strengthen and stabilise the hip/pelvis area.  Everyone was kindly attentive and I want to take this opportunity to reinforce what I said.

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A 10k Training schedule, maintenance tips for your walking boots and poles plus and excellent exercise for posture

There’s so much to talk about this week, I hardly know where to begin! 

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