TONE UP, GET FIT, FEEL GREAT – WELCOME TO NORDIC WALKING!
Why Nordic? Aside from the fact that nothing beats a good dose of fresh air… PLUS we have such a diverse range of walks on offer in Norfolk…PLUS exercise makes us Feel Good…PLUS we meet amazing people every time we walk… (and so the list goes on) here are some other reasons why WE and YOU love Nordic walking…
IT HELPS WITH WEIGHT LOSS
Emma is a busy Mum of three who suddenly realised she was leading a sedentary life. At the end of 2016 she took up NW and by September 2017 was competing in the Purbeck 16 mile challenge and had lost 3 stone. Now she is over 4 stone lighter and works at NWUK HQ! Emma says the challenge gave her the motivation to work hard and is contemplating the 27 mile event in 2018!
IT’S GREAT FOR ARTHRITIS!
“Having taken up Nordic Walking late last year, encouraged by my wife, I feel that I can honestly claim that it has helped me recover both fitness and body strength after a bad dose of arthritis some three years earlier. Medication helped overcome the initial effects of the arthritis, but soon this gave way to some of the more unpleasant side effects. The most severe of these was an attack on my gut lining resulting in poor absorption of food, which caused me to drop in weight from 12 stones to 9 stones. I am also type 2 diabetic, which means that I have to control my diet carefully.
Stopping taking the medication and avoiding certain food types saw my weight increase to 11 stone, where it has stabilised. Now, having taken up Nordic Walking, I have noticed that I feel much stronger, can walk much further than I have been able to for over three years – and a welcome side effect appears to be that my blood sugars have fallen to their lowest levels for some three to four years. And all of this whilst meeting a great bunch of people!” Steve
IT HELPS WITH RISK OF DIABETES
“It all started about 9 months ago when at the ripe old age of 64 my doctor informed me that my blood sugar levels were getting rather high and I was on the verge of clicking over into the the Type 2 Diabetes zone. He suggested I lose some weight and take more exercise. I wasn’t massively overweight (about 6 kg) but over the years had stopped taking regular exercise. What was worse was that the extra weight was all being carried in the worst possible place i.e. around the middle.
Luckily, my wife had seen a piece on breakfast TV about Nordic Walking. I was sceptical about trying it, since I thought what can walking do for a bloke of my age, but she insisted we give it a go. Thank God she did.
So what’s the position after 8 months of Nordic walking:-
* I have lost about 4kg in weight
* I have lost 2 inches off my waist
* My blood sugar levels are near the normal category for a bloke of my age
* I feel fitter, stronger and have more stamina and endurance.” – Gerry
IT’S GOOD FOR DIGESTIVE HEALTH
“I started Nordic walking in September and already it has had a significant impact on my life. Not only is it an extremely enjoyable way to exercise that I very much look forward to, but I have also noticed some significant health benefits. My posture has noticeably improved which makes exercise much easier, more efficient and pleasurable to do. However, for many years I have suffered quite severe digestive problems and much to my surprise since I have taken up Nordic walking this has completely disappeared and has not returned. I can see now how bad posture impacts on my body in many ways including my digestive system. A final unexpected additional bonus, I have actually lost weight.” – Richard
“I was looking for an alternative form of exercise when I had to give up swimming after developing a sensitivity to chlorine. I had heard about Nordic Walking and decided to try it. I found my Instructor through the Nordic Walking website and attended one of her courses to learn how to do it. I liked it from the start as it involves the upper body as well as the legs and provides a good work out. She is an excellent teacher and supports the mixed ability groups very well on the Adventure Walks. I also enjoy the social side, with conversation as we walk and some après walk treats in tearooms and pubs. Swimming lengths wasn’t very sociable!” – Diana
“I was acutely aware, for some time, of the need to introduce some sort of exercise into my busy but largely sedentary routine. Given my age and gender – not to mention appalling levels of fitness and a gradually worsening weight problem – I have an aversion to gyms. I read about Nordic Walking and decided to give it a try. I’m so glad I did! The walks are always in varied and scenic locations and leave me feeling energised. Despite having mild arthritis I have found that walking with poles helps to reduce the stress placed on joints and provides an enjoyable workout – it even burns more calories – hurrah! Being able to book walks in advance helps to keep me motivated and each walk is sociable and fun. The instruction is great– the enthusiasm is infectious and every member of the group is encouraged and supported. I would recommend Nordic walking to anyone wishing to improve or maintain their fitness level and who likes ‘the great outdoors!”– Andrea
WANT YOUR WALKS TO TURN INTO ADVENTURES? 2 hour walks exploring new routes
Turning Miles into Smiles EVERY TUESDAY AFTERNOON!
This week – Medieval meanderings In Worstead at 1.30pm
This circular walk explores the unique heritage of Norfolk countryside villages, each telling a story, from medieval textiles to nineteenth century industry. This route starts from old Honing Station near Briggate and along the Weavers’ Way. We see the old N. Walsham and Dilham Canal and pass the original lock. We follow country lanes and paths to Worstead and then across to the tiny hamlet of Bengate. We will have outstanding views across grazing marshes and surrounding countryside. This walk is 5.5 miles.
SATURDAY MORNING Adventure Walks THIS WEEK – 10am Tas Valley Trail
This is a fantastic walk through rolling countryside and along the Tas Valley Trail. It takes us across the fields from Swardeston Common, up to Mulbarton and then back following the trail.
JOIN US AND WALK THIS WAY…
FREE TASTER SESSIONS
Want to learn how you can burn 20-40% more calories than ordinary walking? Join a FREE taster session and find out how to WALK THIS WAY…
Tuesday 3rd April Whitlingham Park 9am
Thursday 5th April Catton Park 10.45am
LEARN TO NORDIC WALK COURSES – These fill up quickly
Book onto one of our award winning courses and learn our NWUK techniques so you can achieve your personal health and fitness goals. 3 hours of tuition PLUS 2 free walks are all included in the £30 package.
Friday 30th March FAST TRACK Eaton / UEA 9.30am- 11am X 2 sessions FULLY BOOKED
Sunday 8th April INTENSIVE UEA 10am – 1pm
Thursday 12th April Catton Park 10.30am X 3 sessions
Saturday 14th April Burnham Deepdale 10am – 1.45pm
WE’RE BACK IN CATTON PARK ON THURSDAYS!
Catton Park is a beautiful 70 acre country park on the northern outskirts of Norwich – and it is gorgeous whatever the season. We will walk through the open parkland then into the woodland with its many interesting trees and wood sculptures. The views are spectacular and there is a sense of timelessness. It’s hard to think that we are a stones throw away from the city centre. Join us for a gentle walk at 11.30am.
THE WEEK AHEAD – WHAT’S IN STORE?
THE WEEKLY SCHEDULE w/c 2nd April
9.30am Kick Start Monday! Whitlingham Country Park – Super way to start your week…
1.30pm MILES INTO SMILES Worstead Medieval Trail 5.5 miler
10am Blickling Hall Midweek Boost Blickling Hall + Muddy Boots Cafe- Mid week fave!!!
1.30pm Well Being Gentler Pace Eaton Park & Yonder!
10.45am FREE Nordic walking Taster at Catton Park
11.30am Catton Park Wellbeing and Feel Good walk
1.45pm Stepping Up (hills) & Back Caistor St Edmund / High Ash Farm – Special spot always…
9.30am FAST TRACK Learn to Nordic Walk @ Eaton/UEA Session 2
11am Feel Fit and Fab Friday Walk @ Eaton
10am Exploring the Tas Valley Trail 5 miler
Book your place at www.norfolknordicwalking.co.uk/activities and be part of the journey…
‘Walking is man’s best medicine.’