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Free Taster Session

12noon – Thu 24th August 2017
at The Forest Centre, Marston

No obligation, see if nordic walking is for you.

Latest Fast Track Beginner Classes

12:30pm – Sat 26th August 2017
at The Forest Centre, Marston
also
2:30pm – Sat 26th August 2017
in Cranfield.

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For more information please contact Elaine

This Week's Walks

INTRODUCTION TO NORDIC WALKING

As a Fitness Professional and Qualified Nordic Walking Instructor, I am passionate about the influence Nordic Walking can have on people’s lives.  I have been teaching Nordic Walking since 2009 and have seen some remarkable results with the participants
Nordic Walking is a whole body workout and the closest sport to swimming for the amount of muscles used.  What makes Nordic Walking different from other activities is that anyone can do it; any age, any ability and fitness level.
13 Bridge Challenge, London October 2016
13 Bridge Challenge, London October 2016
After working as a Fitness Manager in a Gym environment, I realised so many more people were achieving their goals through Nordic Walking rather than staying inside. The social aspect is a huge advantage over other activities as we can chat as we are working out!  It is fun and also wonderful to be outside in the fresh air.
I decided to start my own business, Walk2Fitness because I want to show more people the many benefits they will achieve doing this amazing activity.  The fact that anyone can try it makes it all the better!
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Ampthill Park in the snow

So what is Nordic Walking?

Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking – it makes something we can all do…. twice as effective!   Nordic Walking uses poles in order to add two major benefits to walking:
  • The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs
  • The poles help to propel the walker along – this means he/she works harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier!

     

Nordic walking technique lessons
Nordic walking technique lessons


Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique and is not to be confused with trekking or hill walking as the poles are not planted in front of the walker but in a specific way that increases the use of the upper body. It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing.
Nordic Walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world and is advocated by personal trainers, health clubs, physiotherapists, doctors and health promoters because it is proven to be highly effective, affordable and FUN!

 

Nordic Walking in the sunshine
Walking in the sunshine

What are the Benefits?

Nordic Walking is quite unique in that it provides benefits for everybody from those with medical problems to the super fit.  Whatever age, fitness level or goal, Nordic Walking is suitable, effective and enjoyable.
Physical Benefits
  • Tones the upper and lower body at the same time
  • Uses 90% of the skeletal muscles
  • Burns up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking
  • Reduces the pressure on knees and joints
  • Great for the Heart and Lungs
  • Ideal for neck, shoulder and back problems
  • Poles propel the walker along, making it easier to move faster than normal without feeling the effort.
  • It is one of the most effective cross training techniques for athletes and sportspeople who require ultimate cardiovascular and endurance conditioning.

Moderate Plus January Ampthill Park

Other Benefits
  • Can be done anywhere – no need for hills, country paths or even snow!
  • It appeals to all ages and fitness levels.
  • No need to wear special exercise clothing
  • It’s very sociable; participants can chat as they go!
  • It is easy to learn and to keep up.
  • It combines exercise with the nature which has been proven to boost mood.

Charity walks and activities encouraged
Charity walks and activities encouraged

How much is it to try?

Absolutely nothing!  I believe in Nordic Walking so much, that I will provide a FREE Taster session of 30 minutes for anyone.  If, after the Taster, you decide you would like to learn the full technique, I can sign you up for my Technique course.  The Fast Track Course costs £12.50 per session per person and consists of 3 Sessions.  Each session you will learn something new until the full technique is achieved.  Then you can begin your journey to a healthier and fitter YOU!

 

After you’ve completed the Technique course you are then welcome to take part in my regular classes which includes Nordic Walking in various areas around Bedfordshire and further afield.  We do  Adventure Walks, Pub Walks (always popular!), Picnic Walks, Historical Walks, Long Distance Walking and Charity Challenges.

Please feel free to contact me at elaine@walk2fitness.co.uk.  I look forward to hearing from you soon!    

Elaine

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Some events coming up
See This Weeks Walks for latest

FOUR PUB and HUB WALK

FIVE PUB Sponsored Walk - Sunday, August 20th - 10am Ampthill Hub Café.
The walk will be a Half Marathon distance with stops at Five Pubs! As this is a Charity walk for the Bedford Hospice Day Centre, we will have a Registration fee of £12 to take part and would encourage you to get sponsors too though this isn't compulsory. This walk will also be open to non-Nordic Walkers so please tell all your friends and family.

Stage 1 - Hub Café to The Knife & Cleaver, Houghton Conquest
Stage 2 - Houghton Conquest to The George, Maulden
Stage 3 - Maulden to The White Heart, Flitton
Stage 4 - Flitton to The Blackbirds, Flitwick
Stage 5 - Flitwick to Hub, Ampthill

I wanted this walk to be in stages so all Walkers can take part including the Gentle walkers who can do a stage or two if they want a challenge. Because there are quite a few stops this is a very achieveable distance for most walkers. Please book and register by 16th August.
When: Sun August 20 10:00 - 17:00

Fitness Walk Cranfield

This session is for Nordic Walkers who have completed a Technique course. With varied speeds for a good cardiovascular workout. These sessions are aimed to improve fitness levels in a fun yet challenging way.
When: Mon August 21 10:00 - 11:00

Fitness Walk in Ampthill Park

This session is for Nordic Walkers who have completed a Technique course. With varied speeds for a good cardiovascular workout. These sessions are aimed to improve fitness levels in a fun yet challenging way.
When: Tue August 22 10:00 - 11:00

Fitness Walk in Shefford

Nordic Walking for a good cardiovascular workout at a Moderate Pace.
Rowney Warren is a wonderful walk thought the beautiful woods and trails near Shefford. Optional picnic afterwards.
When: Wed August 23 10:00 - 11:00

Free Taster Sessions in Marston (Marston Vale)

Free taster sessions. No commitment, see if Nordic Walking is for you.
Also available in Cranfield, Ampthill, Woburn, Shefford and Bedford.
Booking Essential.
When: Thu August 24 12:00 - 13:00

NEW BEGINNER FAST TRACK COURSE MARSTON

This is the first of three classes which will cover the the nordic walking technique.
Each class will add something new, from basic walking with the poles, hill technique etc.
When: Sat August 26 12:30 - 13:30

NEW BEGINNER FAST TRACK COURSE CRANFIELD

This is the first of three classes which will cover the the nordic walking technique.
Each class will add something new, from basic walking with the poles, hill technique etc.
When: Sat August 26 14:30 - 15:30

Nordic Walking for Parkinson's and MS

A gentle mobilisation of the joints in the body to begin each session and then instruction on how to use the Nordic Walking Poles. This will be followed by a walk at your own pace using the Nordic Walking Poles, enabling you to have conversations with fellow walkers.
The walk will also be interspersed with breaks to practise drills to help improve the Nordic Walking technique so that participants gain the full benefits of Nordic Walking. The session will be concluded with a brief time of stretching the muscles.
After the walk there will opportunity to use the Café in the park to have a drink and a chat with other participants.
When: Wed September 6 10:30 - 11:15

Nordic Walking for Parkinson's and MS

A gentle mobilisation of the joints in the body to begin each session and then instruction on how to use the Nordic Walking Poles. This will be followed by a walk at your own pace using the Nordic Walking Poles, enabling you to have conversations with fellow walkers.
The walk will also be interspersed with breaks to practise drills to help improve the Nordic Walking technique so that participants gain the full benefits of Nordic Walking. The session will be concluded with a brief time of stretching the muscles.
After the walk there will opportunity to use the Café in the park to have a drink and a chat with other participants.
When: Wed September 6 11:30 - 12:30