From running vs walking, beer vs wine, Brexit vs Remain, sunshine vs snow, there is one common thread: not everyone likes the same thing….PHEW!

So whilst many of us love Nordic walking and can see its many benefits, it is not everyone’s cup of tea.  On paper, Nordic walking looks impressive: engaging 90% of our muscles; burning up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking; challenging both the upper and lower body to give a total body workout; strengthening your postural muscles and firming your core.  But when I’m asked what Nordic walking’s key benefits are I increasingly turn to its less tangible qualities:

It’s sociable

It’s outdoors

It makes us feel good (we have a laugh)

It’s something we actually look forward to – yes even in the rain.

Whether it’s meeting up for a walk with coffee at the end or exploring new routes out on weekend walks, building fun and friendship into your fitness regime transforms it from being something you ‘ought’ to do to something you ‘want’ to do.  Yes we have hour long Nordic walking fitness walks, longer walks and Half Marathon events to train for, all of which challenge and extend our fitness, but the real reason we are getting fitter and able to walk further and faster is because we enjoy the company as well as the sport.  Now that’s something we can all agree on…


Just a thought if you walk regularly, like to book in advance and LOVE a bargain – become a Monthly Member:

All walks are included (including £7.50 Weekend Walks)

Only £24 pcm OR £6 p/w.  Unlimited…

Easy to book up ahead with a simple click.

Monthly Members say it’s the incentive to exercise MORE and in ALL weathers.

Interested?  Go into your Exercise Anywhere account / Settings and choose your Package / Payment option.

“If you take out the team in teamwork, it’s just work.

Now who wants that?” 

Matthew Woodring Stover

Updated: November 17, 2018 — 2:38 pm