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Nordic Walking for older people

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Nordic Walking for older people
It can be tricky keeping active. Especially in recent months where many people were asked to shield themselves at home. Yet we all know that by doing planned exercise, it will keep us fitter – not only physically but mentally, too.

There’s nothing like a good brisk walk to feel energised and alive. However, arthritis and other common health problems, as well as just feeling tired, can sometimes stop us from opening the door and venturing outside.

How can we get moving more and enjoying it? 
Nordic Walking. 
It’s a great activity for all ages, which means it’s something you can do together with your relatives or on your own.

What is Nordic Walking and how can it help me stay active?

Nordic Walking is an enhanced walking experience that uses poles to work your upper body as well as your legs.
The result is an effective, all over workout that doesn’t feel like one! Nordic Walking is a fun and social activity that can be done throughout the year.
If you can walk and grasp poles, then you can Nordic Walk. The poles mean that the effort is shared between your upper and lower body, so it feels easier than normal walking, particularly uphill.
Studies have shown that Nordic Walking can help improve weakness, lower body strength, balance and mood in frail people over 70 years old. Meaning it could bring real benefits to your overall wellbeing.
Nordic Walking also puts less strain on joints than other activities and can be very effective if you have mobility issues or are recovering from illness or injury.

How do I learn to Nordic Walk?

British Nordic Walking has qualified instructors all around the country who hold socially distanced classes and individual lessons to help you pick up the simple technique involved.
Visit www.britishnordicwalking.org.uk to find your local instructor or call them on 0115 848 3801.
You can also find instructional videos on YouTube which may help, but training with a group will give you more chances to meet at a social distance and talk with new people.

What poles do I need for Nordic Walking?

The short answer is a pair of Nordic Walking poles.
Nordic Walking poles come in a variety of styles, so you could start with a traditional pole like the Traditional Hiking Handled Walking Pole or go for something a touch more stylish like the Plain Staghorn Nordic Walking Pole.
Aside from this, walking shoes or trainers and layered clothing will help you enjoy the activity whatever the weather. 
Remember, it’s always a good idea to consult a qualified medical professional before starting any kind of exercise program just in case it isn’t right for you and your needs.

*Source: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26357424/

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