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Healthy Nordic walking snacks, the best way to lace your boots and one of our walkers discovers an unusual benefit of Nordic walking

Healthy Nordic walking snacks

Many of you are beginning to tackle some longer walks, which means you need to consider taking food to eat along the way as well as water.  If you don’t you may suffer an energy slump (which cyclists call ‘bonking’ btw) part way through.  My personal favourite snack is home roasted nuts and seeds – see recipe below.  The Ramblers have put together some handy nutritional advice which may interest you.  Here are their tips:

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Weather, wellness and a useful review of fitness trackers

In my six years of running Nordic walking classes, I cannot remember a day like yesterday.  Heavy rain driven virtually horizontally towards us by gusts of close to gale force winds and usually well-drained ground utterly sodden. I was in awe of your determination not to be defeated by the elements and seriously impressed how many of you turned out.  It was a powerfully bonding experience and one that I think we will long remember.  We’ve now coined the phrase #RainWarriers for future ultra wet walks!

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The benefits of setting yourself fitness goals

Do you like goal setting?  Does it help motivate you?   For most of us I expect it’s a matter of balance.  We don’t want to be ruled by ‘achievement targets’ but having a goal every so often is very helpful.  This is particularly the case for fitness.  In fact, I would say that we all have fitness goals, from simply trying to stay generally active to something more tangible, like training for an event.

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Nordic walking on slopes

Using Nordic walking poles up and down hill is extremely satisfying.  When going uphill, the poles seem to make the whole experience easier and less tiring.  Take the Nightingale Valley Leigh Woods climb for instance, which we all tackled yesterday during our 2 hour stamina walk.  This gully is about a 10-15 minute steady climb – and the general comment at the top was that it wasn’t nearly as hard as people had thought.  I bet it would have been a different story had everyone tackled it without poles.

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The January blues?

What a difference a week makes.  Last week I was writing about how to cope with the exceptionally wet, muddy conditions.  This week it’s been mostly dry, crisp and cold – firm underfoot and even sunny!  Until, that is, today, when the gloom descended and our fabulous Crooks Peak walk turned into a cloud walk.  It was certainly atmospheric but we could barely see the person in front of us, let alone a view.  Ah, the vagaries of the British weather.

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Walking in muddy conditions - footwear, technique and stretches

According to the Met Office, the rain over the Christmas period made 2015 one of the top ten wettest years since records began in 1910.  With rain, of course, comes mud and we’ve certainly had our fair share of it.   So today I thought I’d write about the issues mucky conditions present and how to cope.

The pros and cons of mud

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A New Year - full of possibilities

No matter how many New Year’s I’ve seen (and the number is clocking up), I still get excited about a new year.  It stands before us, like a new chapter, waiting to be written.  High on many people’s list is developing a healthier, fitter lifestyle – and this used to be on my list too, until I discovered Nordic walking. 

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Nordic walk your way to your New Year Fitness Goals

Christmas is traditionally a time for indulgence and the New Year one for resolutions!  If you are thinking about what changes you can make to your lifestyle, adding exercise is one of the biggest steps you can take in improving your health. I hope that those of you who have been Nordic walking with us during 2015 will feel rightly pleased with your fitness and the improvements you have seen in your general health as well as muscle tone and cardio vascular fitness. 

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Posture tips for Nordic walking

We’re coming up to the Christmas break and I know many of you will still be Nordic walking, even though our groups aren’t running.  It’s great to go off  by yourself or with others and explore the local area.  Here are a few posture tips that you'll find helpful:

1. Puppet on a string

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No man is an island entire of itself

Our Christmas party last Thursday made me appreciate what an amazing club we have at Bristol Nordic Walking.  It was a pretty miserable evening – the sort you’d definitely rather stay in than go out – but over 60 of you turned out to be with us.  Not only that, but the tables were absolutely groaning with delicious food, much of it home made.  There literally was no further space to put anything! 

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