I thought I’d give Nordic Walking a try and I’m pleasantly surprised. It moves a gentle walk into an excellent workout, particularly for core fitness and the upper body. I hadn’t realised how the introduction of two poles could make all that difference. Rebecca Wheatley is an excellent instructor; knowledgeable, encouraging and good fun. She will tell you how to perfect the technique to get the greatest benefit – and she provides the poles! We kept it at ‘First gear’, which was enough for me to start off with. Light enough to maintain a conversation and hard enough to feel like I’d worked out. In time and with more practice, I can move it to Fourth Gear if I want. Next step is to take the Beginners lessons and then take part in the many walks that Rebecca leads in the beautiful Norfolk Countryside. Try it – it’s a brilliant way to exercise your whole body.