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How Nordic walking helps with Parkinson's and cancer

Bristol Nordic Walking now runs two dedicated classes on the Downs for people with Parkinson’s.  We also run a Nordic walking class for people with cancer.  Nordic walking is an excellent form of physical activity for both Parkinson’s and cancer.  Here’s why:


Nordic walking for people with Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s affects the part of the brain that controls movement.  It results in aching, stiffness and rigidity, in both muscles and joints.  Walking with small shuffling steps is common as is tiredness and depression.

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Which is the right Nordic walking pole for you?

Having your own pair of Nordic walking poles is liberating.  It enables you to go out any time you want, not just when there’s an organised walk on.  You can use them when and where you like and you know that you have exactly the right sort of pole for you.

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Walks in Dartmoor and the Cotswolds, Nordic walking festivals and Nordic skiing in Finland

We have been putting our 2016 weekend walks programme together and we’re really excited to offer you a fist-full of options to choose from.  We love the weekends away as they’re an opportunity to spend a good few days exploring a new area, getting to know people a bit better and, of course, using our Nordic walking skills in different terrain!  Here’s a taster of what’s going on:

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Regular brisk walking is best for keeping weight down

A brisk 30-minute walk five days a week is more effective than any other form of exercise for keeping weight down, according to new research by the London School of Economics published this week.

Dr Grace Lordan led the research, which took data from seven separate years of the Health Survey for England to work out the relationship between Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist size and various types of physical activity. She focused on activities that increased heart rate and caused perspiring, including brisk walking, heavy housework, gym workouts, cycling, swimming and running.

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Technique tips from the New Zealand national Nordic walking coach

A couple of weeks ago June, the national Nordic walking coach for New Zealand, and her husband Paul visited Bristol for a few days.  I had met them both last month at the international Nordic walking convention in Barcelona and had invited them to stay.

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Nordic walking challenge events

I’ve spoken before about the Nordic walking challenge events run by British Nordic Walking.  There are now about four a year and they are very popular with many in our club.  Janet Jenkins wrote this great article about them which I’m publishing as a guest blog as the next event is in a few weeks time.  Thanks Janet!

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News from the 2015 International Nordic Walking Convention in Barcelona

Whilst you were enjoying yourselves in sunny Bristol last weekend I was having a similar experience in Barcelona.  I was there for the annual International Nordic Walking Federation (INWA) convention.

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What Nordic walking kit to wear for autumn and winter

The misty mornings and darkening evenings are a reminder that autumn is well and truly here.  So it’s time to think about your kit!  Here are some suggestions for what to wear to stay dry and comfortable Nordic walking this autumn and winter.


Take a look at my blog Best foot forward – what shoes to wear for Nordic walking. 

In summary:

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Use our Nordic walking classes to improve your aerobic fitness

In my blog last week I looked at the benefit of steady state training for increasing your heart health.  I’m continuing the theme this week by discussing how you can improve your aerobic fitness through our Nordic walking classes.  Those of you who are using fitness trackers with heart rate monitors will particularly like this blog as I include a table at the bottom showing your heart rate exercise zones based on age.

What is aerobic fitness

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Heart health matters

An exercise like Nordic walking can help reduce your risk of heart disease. It can also help you control your weight, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and improve your mental health – helping you to look and feel great.

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