Nordic walking. General benefits. Minimal equipment required ( special poles) Enjoy the countryside Walk alone or in small groups Social, meet new people Gadget factor – motivational Use of poles creates stability Poles redistribute effort (to the upper body) Learn a new skill
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Attractive activity for established walkers
What about the rest of the public ?
Is Nordic walking attractive for beginners and less sporty types?
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Darlington Doorstep Walks
Claire Glass, 43, referred to Darlington Doorstep Walks by her GP
Started Nordic walking March 2010
Fitness and posture changed
Self esteem increased
Helped reach target weight of 9 stone 12lbs, losing a total of 5 stone 4lbs!
Now taken up running and is training to be a Nordic Walking instructor.
Funding via North Country Leisure ( leisure services provider) from NCC Communities for Health pot.
Delivered by Shepherds Walks, a private company, on a weekly basis
Aim of project was to work with school children during term time and have intergenerational events during holidays, but the project has been such a success that an afterschool club has also been set up (32 parents and children).
2010 = 60 children
2011 = plan to get 200 adults & children involved.
Very positive feedback.
Main barrier – poles, especially for kids
………………Any able bodied person
If you can walk…….you can Nordic walk
We initially thought that Nordic walking would be a progression activity for walkers who wanted more of a challenge. However, evidence suggests that it may also be of use to frail walkers and those with specific joint and back conditions.
Several health walk schemes are now combining ordinary walking with Nordic walking and find that this works well.
Run separate taster sessions to teach interested walkers the technique.
Trained suitable candidates as WfH Volunteer Walk leaders
Use those VWLs who are competent Nordic walkers to run Nordic Health Walks.
Ensure those walks are only open to walkers who have successfully completed the Nordic walking tasters (issue with a competency card)
Pull on your outdoor gear
Collect some poles