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Why not try something new in Nordic Walking?

Nordic Walking originated as a summer training regime for cross-country skiers. It is an enhancement of ordinary walking which burns 46% more calories than ordinary walking! It's great for back, neck and shoulder problems whilst being easy on knees and joints.

We spoke to a number of regular walkers who wanted to share their stories:

- Seventy year old Dennis first started Nordic Walking around 5 years ago after seeing an article in a Woodland Trust magazine. Participating in the activity on a weekly basis has helped him regain his fitness and muscle mass after losing 2 stone after battling bladder cancer. Aside from these great physical benefits, he relishes in the fact that it's a social group which both he and his wife can take part in together.

- Madeline (70) has been Nordic Walking for 3 years and had this to add: "As a Type 2 Diabetic I control my condition through diet and exercise so knew the importance of walking. I used to walk a lot by myself however it can get a bit boring walking the same route all the time alone. My friend is a Nordic Walking leader and she encouraged me to get involved and the rest is history- I love the social aspect of the sessions!"

- Noreen, aged 57:

"I was always a very active and sporty individual but unfortunately an injury which damaged my back and nerves really stopped me in my tracks. I've always been very fit, even whilst suffering from fibromyalgia, so this was really difficult for me.

I wanted to improve my fitness and mobility and thought Nordic Walking may be something I could manage so I booked onto the course. From the first session I could feel a difference in myself. I've only been attending the walks for just over 3 months but I have benefitted significantly. My strength, fitness and mobility have greatly improved and I have increased my muscle mass. I'm sleeping better and feel so much more relaxed along with having so much more energy!"

For more information and to get involved please contact Rachel Smith on 01902 687038 or rachelsmith@wolvescommunitytrust.org.uk

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