ADD IN SOME HUFF AND PUFF INTO YOUR WALK
There’s a multitude of reasons why most of us come Nordic walking, but maintaining and increasing aerobic fitness is probably one of them. This gives us the puff to climb stairs and hills and generally keep up with people younger than us. Also the fitter our heart and lungs, the more efficient our circulation and cardiovascular system is in general. This helps with weight loss and lowers our risk of all sorts of other health conditions – heart attacks, cancer, diabetes and now strokes to name a few.
But don’t get caught up in the belief that it’s all about distance – this just isn’t the case. Aerobic fitness has three components: FREQUENCY / INTENSITY / DURATION
The more frequently you come walking or challenge your heart and lungs in some other way, the fitter you will become. The other two factors – duration and intensity – are interchangeable. Short sharp bursts of high intensity intervals (often referred to as HIIT) are equally as important as longer steadier walks. Mixing things up is the key as it keeps your body guessing and having to adapt. It is why we vary the fitness component in our Nordic walking classes. Sometimes we alternate between fast walking and recovery, sometimes we go for hills, sometimes we go for distance (stamina). Never a dull moment…
HOW ABOUT ADDING IN A FITNESS CHALLENGE TO KEEP YOU MOTIVATED?
Summer will soon be dwindling and the days will get shorter. From heatwave to heating on, we will experience a shift in season and for many that will be welcome. For others, the opposite. Wet walking, muddy boots and overcast skies can de-motivate some to stay in and put the kettle on. However those of us who walked in all weathers last year all agree that actually there’s nothing better to beat the winter blues than Nordic walking in the chillier / wetter months! Yes, really!
SET A GOAL – WE WILL HELP YOU STICK TO IT!
No matter if your goal is to walk twice a week or complete a marathon, there’s something about taking part in an activity with other people that is really motivating. Regular Nordic walkers will vouch that booking in to walks and having them fixed in the diary is a sure fire way to get fit. No excuses – get out there, have fun, feel great and then have a cuppa. As you can see from the photo taken at Caistor St Edmund on Thursday – we were not deterred by lashing rain!
THINK AHEAD – BE BRAVE – JUMP IN!
These are the milestones in your fitness journey that you remember forever, and keep you coming back for more. Those training for the September Coastal Half Marathon are enjoying the feeling of accomplishment as the mileage clocks up on longer distance walks. Think you’d like to work towards a goal and train for a half marathon? We have the perfect 13.1 miler which will banish winter blues, keep you focused through January and February and beat the mince pie bulge! Interested?
THE EVENT? THE MARRIOTT’S WAY TRAIL MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON 2019
The Marriott’s Way is a 26 mile footpath, bridleway and cycle route, which follows the routes of two disused railway lines, and runs between the medieval city of Norwich and the market town of Aylsham. Positive Steps are organising this event which will take place on 17th February and for half marathoners, we will walk from Norwich to Reepham. Some of us recently completed part of this route on a Saturday Adventure Walk and were enthused about what a fabulous trail it is for a darn good Nordic walk.
INTERESTED? Find out more by following this link. https://positivestepspt.co.uk/events/marriotts-way-trail-marathon-and-half-marathon-1-1 Not sure it’s for you? You can still enjoy the longer walks and build up your fitness at your pace. There will be plenty more events coming up…