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Technique tips for your core, orchids in the Gorge, Women in Sport week plus summer walking shoes on test

It’s all go this week in my blog and something for everyone I hope.  First, a little reminder of what to do to strengthen your core and nip in your waist whilst Nordic walking:

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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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Travelling with your Nordic walking poles? Read on

Lots of you are off travelling, both in this country and abroad and many of you are taking your poles with you, so here’s a few things to consider if you’re planning on Nordic walking whilst away.

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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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An inspiring walker story plus technique advice for banishing slumping

Slouching or slumping is an easy habit to fall into.  Unfortunately it’s not good for our health.  It is why the chest is the next in my series of Nordic walking ‘what, why, how’ guides.  The aim of these guides is to help you improve your health, strength and fitness through developing your Nordic walking technique.  When you read Heather’s story below you will see what a difference it can have.

THE CHEST

What are we trying to achieve?

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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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Technique focus: hips and pelvis and we're now in Bath!

At Bristol Nordic Walking we always focus on Nordic walking technique during our classes.  From arm swing and hand control to rotation, heel/toe roll, and everything else in between.  This helps those of you who are new to Nordic walking to learn and embed the technique into your action.  It’s also a useful reminder for those of us who have been Nordic walking for a while as it’s all too easy to slip into bad habits! 

Not only do we teach technique in class, but as instructors we also meet every couple of months and apply the ‘what, why, how’ test to a specific area:

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Why we’ve been voted Bristol’s best health business, and did you know these bluebell facts?

Last Thursday at an awards ceremony for six hundred people our club was voted Bristol’s best health business.  That’s right, against a very strong shortlist of health businesses including the likes of The Whitely Clinic and Nuffield Health, Bristol Nordic Walking came top.  It was an unbelievable night and the awards hosted by Bristol Life magazine were full of glitz and glamour, and even an after-party.

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What to wear Nordic walking in the spring/summer, nutritional advice for pollen allergy sufferers and bluebell walks

I always relish the springtime weather, especially when like this year we have a dry spell and I’m no longer squelching through mud. It’s easy to get caught out clothing-wise though as there’s inevitably an unexpected deluge or a cold snap. So here’s a few pointers to keep you comfortable:

On your top half..

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