What is Nordic Walking?
Nordic Walking originates from Finland and is a fitness exercise used by cross country skiers as their off season training when there is no snow.
Nordic Walking uses poles in order to add two major benefits to walking.
The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs
The poles help to propel the walker along - this means the walker works harder than usual yet the support provided by the poles makes it feel easier!
Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique and is not to be confused with trekking, hill walking or trail running as the poles are not planted in front of the walker/runner but in a specific way that increases the use of the upper body. It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require any expensive equipment or clothing.
It is popular all over Europe and is one of the fastest growing exercise activities in the UK!
Nordic Walking is quite unique in that it provides benefits for everybody from those with medical problems to the super fit. By getting your whole body moving you will significantly improve the condition of your muscles, heart and lungs.
Whatever age, fitness level or goal - Nordic Walking is suitable, effective and enjoyable.
Tones the upper and lower body at the same time
Uses 90% of the skeletal muscles
Burns up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking
Reduces the pressure on knees and joints
Great for the heart and lungs
Ideal for neck, shoulder and back problems
Poles propel the walker along, making it easier to move faster without feeling the effort
Can be done anywhere – no need for hills, country paths or even snow!
It appeals to all ages and fitness levels
No need to wear special exercise clothing
It’s very sociable; participants can chat as they go!
It is easy to learn and to keep up
It combines exercise with nature which has been proven to boost mood
Poles will be provided as part of your Introductory Workshop but if you would like to join my regular walks you will need to purchase your own set. Click here for more information on types of poles and click here to purchase them from Nordic Walking UK.
You will need to wear loose, layered, breathable clothing (waterproof if necessary) and appropriate foot wear. Trainers or walking shoes with a flexible sole and good grip are preferable. A small rucksack may also be useful and sun cream and a hat would be advisable in hot conditions. As always with any exercise, bringing a bottle of water is recommended.
My classes are always a very fun and sociable experience...just ask my walkers!
I run a Nordic Walk for experienced walkers at 10am on a Saturday morning at Langdon Hills Country Park, Westley Heights, Basildon and on a Tuesday morning in Downham. The walks incorporate various beautiful routes and are usually between 2.5 - 3 miles long, lasting just over an hour.
Langdon Hills Country Park car park has ample parking and is located behind the Miller & Carter Restaurant (formerly The Crown Harvester Pub - for Sat Nav use SS16 6HU). Parking in Downham is available in the car park of The Beauvoir Restaurant on Downham Road (for Sat Nav use CM11 1QH)
To enable people to join my experienced walkers class, all walkers must complete the Group Introductory Workshop. The Workshop is a fun and relaxed 1 hour session that gets the walker to grips with the poles and covers the basic Nordic Walking technique.
Whether you want to join my experienced walkers group or not the Group Introductory Workshop is perfect to get you started with Nordic Walking!
The Group Introductory Workshops dates are arranged on a once a month basis (dependant on interest) and are normally held at around 11.45am on a Tuesday and Saturday morning. Poles will be provided as part of the Workshop but if you would like to join my regular walks you will need to purchase your own set. Click here to buy poles.
The Langdon Hills Country Park, Basildon, Essex, is easy to get to from Laindon, Rayleigh, Benfleet, Billericay, Chelmsford, Stock, Ingatestone, Brentwood, Stanford-le-Hope, Corringham and Grays.
Downham is easy to get to from Billericay, Wickford, Stock, Chelmsford, Ingatestone, Writtle, Ramsden Bellhouse, Ramsden Heath, Brentwood, Basildon and Laindon.
Contact me for details on the next Nordic Walking Essex Introductory Workshops and Courses.
Group Introductory Workshop - £12
(1 hour including pole hire)
Regular Tuesday and Saturday experienced walkers class - £8
(just over 1 hour NOT including pole hire)
New walkers joining the experienced walkers group can pay £1 to hire a set of poles from me for the first few sessions but must invest in their own set if intending to walk regularly.
Gift vouchers are also available and would make a unique Birthday or Christmas present for a friend or family member.