St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

12 Dec

Green Exercise: Nordic Walking

Tue 12 Dec 2017 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST

Nordic walking at St Nicks (by L Outing)
Nordic walking at St Nicks (by L Outing)

Led by a qualified instructor, set off from the Environment Centre and explore both the nature reserve and Hull Road Park. Nordic Walking is suitable for all ages and fitness levels; instruction will be given and Nordic Walking poles provided. Not sure what Nordic Walking is and why it’s so good for you? See below for the instructor’s explanation.

Our Green Exercise programme is part of a city-wide bespoke range of activities, which is co-ordinated by  York Mind and funded by City of York Council. It is free and open to all York residents aged 18+ who feel they would benefit from improving their wellbeing.

Entry is free but booking is essential as places are limited – please contact ecotherapy@stnicks.org.uk or call Kathy Sturgess on 01904 411821.

 

Why Nordic Walking?

It’s not simply walking with poles! It came from the summer training of cross country skiers in Finland but soon become a recognised fitness activity. Poles provide ‘Propulsion ‘ not simply support and unlike ‘trekking’ they are planted BEHIND the walker and power is put through the strap on the top of the pole. This engages the whole body if correct technique is used.

It’s basically a cross trainer for outdoors!! It replicates the action a ‘cross trainer’ machine in the gym but with fresh air, good company and experienced instructors on hand to motivate and inspire.

 

What are the benefits of Nordic Walking?

  • It uses 90% of the major muscles which is very effective exercise.
  • Connects the walker with the natural environment which is good for mental wellbeing and outdoor exercise is proven to increase mood.
  • This means you burn more calories with every step & tone the whole body.
  • It makes you feel lighter on your feet.
  • This reduces the pressure on knees and hips.
  • Also helps neck shoulder and back problems.
  • It can be done ANYWHERE – urban or rural – and it’s easy to learn.
  • It’s affordable and sociable as you can still talk whilst Nordic walking.
  • There are levels for all!
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