– NORFOLK NORDIC WALKING NEWS –
WE’RE ON FILM! – GET THE CIRCULATION GOING – WEATHER WARNINGS – EASY BOOKING
20 Norfolk Nordic Walkers had a LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! moment this week; making our film debut with a National Trust camera crew at Blicking Hall. We all met in the ‘Green Room’ aka the NT Car Park (now known as the Purple Room for posterity!), and, having signed ‘Model Release Forms’, were raring to go. Clearly the camera crew had no idea how speedy Nordic Walking is. As they tailed along capturing all manner of shots, they had to soon stop, puffing and panting, to take off layers! We then graciously suggested they had a head start but soon shot past again. After 15 minutes they declared they have enough footage and staggered away leaving us to push into a faster gear! Great fun AND a huge accolade to be involved with this – as they say in showbiz, “Watch This Space!”
BRRR! BE BOLD…
How many layers to wear is the first topic of conversation on almost all our walks, especially during winter. On a cold and blustery day we huddle around hopping from foot to foot in a freezing car park convinced we need multiple thermal layers, plus hats, gloves and scarves. I chant my mantra ‘be bold start cold’ in an effort to persuade myself as much as anyone that we’ll be hot in no time. But with the wind gusting the light drizzle in our faces, it can seem like torture!Then a little miracle occurs. After a handful of warm-up exercise we get into our Nordic walking stride and within ten minutes we are stopping to peel off those cold weather contingency layers.
Blood circulation is one of the most important functions in the body. It brings nutrient and oxygen rich blood to the brain, muscles and cells, and transports it (with all the waste product) back to the heart. It also makes you warm.
Movement of any sort boosts circulation. It heats the body up and can release muscular tension. But the amazing exercise that is Nordic walking can energise the circulation in your whole body – from the tips of your fingers to the tips of your toes.
OUR TOP SEVEN WAYS TO BOOST CIRCULATION:
Roll your shoulders back. Do you tense against the cold, hunching-up your shoulders and curling your body inwards? Unfortunately this makes your body more static, hindering not helping circulation. Instead, roll your shoulders back and relax your neck.
Lift your chest to allow your lungs to expand fully. Your breathing plays an influential role in your circulation so lift your chest and give your lungs maximum room to inflate. Breathing through your nose also helps as it allows the air to be warmed by the blood vessels and tiny hairs that line the inside of your nose so the air is a little warmer when it reaches your lungs.
Get a good arm swing going. Swinging your arms is a great way to get the blood pumping round your body. Make sure the swing is from your shoulder and you’re not clamping your upper arm into your body. A strong arm-swing also helps lymph drainage.
Squeeze your hands round the pole handle. Squeezing your hands acts as a pump to return the blood back up your veins to your heart. You’ll have toasty fingers in the winter and no fat fingers in hot weather. The more actively you squeeze and open your hands the greater the circulatory benefit.
Work your feet and legs. Dynamically rolling from your heel through to your toes helps push the blood back up your legs to your heart. Squeezing your leg muscles and glutes (bottom) energises your muscles and boosts circulation too.
Rotate your torso. Gently rotating your upper body encourages the blood to circulate the whole way down your spine, increasing oxygen and nutrients to the discs and vertebrae. It’s utterly brilliant if you have a stiff back.
Walk briskly. On the flat or even better up hills. Guaranteed to get your heart pumping and your circulation zinging!
WALKING INTO A STORM – WHEN TO SAY NO!
Norfolk Nordic Walking have a strict policy to never walk in dangerous conditions, it is a no discussion ‘stop the event’ situation. If gusting strong winds / ice / storms are forecast, we will postpone or cancel our outdoor activities, especially if there is a Yellow / Amber Weather Warning in place.
We walk all year round come rain or shine, but without a question of doubt we never walk when we feel it’s unsafe. If we do cancel an activity – we will send out emails. However if you are in any doubt whether an activity is going ahead, check out if it still is on our website https://norfolknordicwalking.co.uk/activities/ . If it’s cancelled the activity will no longer be there.
CLICK ’N’ WALK – BENEFITS OF £24 MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP
Nordic Walking is sociable, it lifts the soul, it enhances fitness hugely and it’s Green Exercise – which is fantastic for wellbeing and Feel Good. Many of our walkers ‘have the bug’ meaning our walks get full up quickly with some finding themselves (Oh No!) on the Waiting List.
SOLUTION? Many walkers opt for the unlimited walk deal of £24 pcm – with it’s easy click booking. (In fact some Monthly Members have booked right up into summer to guarantee their places on favourite sessions and avoid the Waiting List!)
Sign up for our £24 monthly membership via your Exercise Anywhere account, and you too can get these amazing benefits:
– Protected against walk price increases
– Priority booking on special events
– 1 free walk per month with another Nordic Walking UK group
– Simple 1-click booking – GREAT incentive to book MORE walks = fitter you!
– Money is paid by direct debit, so no more searching around for your credit card to top-u
PLUS! All walks (even LONGER weekend walks / days out) are included in this AMAZING package
CLICK ’N’ COLLECT – SAVE £££ ON SHOP N DROP
Thinking of buying poles / accessories from the NWUK Online Store? Remember you can claim your 10% discount with your NWUK Membership, but also you can avoid p&p by using our unique FREE DELIVERY service by dropping items in to the Norwich Shop n Drop box. Last orders are Saturday 14th March.
P.S SPRING IS COMING! PROMISE!
Here’s what we have noticed in the past week indicating Spring is (slowly) on her way! Snowdrops in abundance, birdsong on evening walks, daffodils emerging, brighter mornings, longer afternoons, cherry blossom on trees, birds of prey out hunting, violets and al fresco post walk coffees in our favourite cafes…..
Rebecca and the Team