Slope off and try some Nordic walking

May 10 2016

THIS group of people, accompanied by Bristol mayor George Ferguson, may look like they’re looking for the nearest ski slope but in fact they are taking part in the latest craze - Nordic walking.

bristol nordic walking

THIS group of people, accompanied by Bristol mayor George Ferguson, may look like they’re looking for the nearest ski slope but in fact they are taking part in the latest craze - Nordic walking.
Nordic walking takes normal walking to the next level, burning nearly double the calories and giving your whole body a workout.
And if you fancy giving it a try, there’s never been a better time as a series of taster sessions are on offer during May, National Walking Month.
The sessions form part of the city’s month-long walking festival this month called Bristol Walk Fest.
Vicky Welsh, instructor at Bristol Nordic Walking, said: “Walking is one of the best exercises you can do. It improves your health and boosts your mood. A brisk 30-minute walk five days a week is also more effective than any other form of exercise for keeping weight down according to recent research.
“Nordic walking is just like ordinary walking except that you use two poles angled behind you to propel you forwards. It comes from cross country skiing and takes walking to another level, turning it into a total body workout by using 90 per cent of your muscles.  
Once you get into the swing of it you can also burn 46 per cent more calories than ordinary walking.”
As well as the free taster sessions, Bristol Nordic Walking holds hour-long fitness walks in Oldbury Court on Tuesday and Friday mornings which are dog friendly.
Another walking option is to take part in the local Saturday morning parkruns such as those in Pomphrey Hill and Ashton Court.
Vicky said: “These 5k events are great fun and you can walk, jog, or run the course at your own pace followed by a well earned cuppa in the café at the end if you want.
“There’s never been a better time to get out and get active.”
Further information about the Bristol Walk Fest can be found at http://www.bristolwalkingfestival.co.uk.  For more information about Nordic walking visit www.bristolnordicwalking.co.uk or contact Ros on 0788 6885213.