my name is Matt and I look forward to meeting you at your Time To Shine event by the Sea at 9:00am on Tuesday 16th, or Wednesday 17th or Thursday 18th January in your individual groups.
Please aim to arrive at the Pink Room between 8:45am and 8:55am ready for a 9am start.
We shall set you up with poles and then have a short introductory talk about the session with a couple of simple demonstrations.
We shall then head outdoors and spend approx 30 minutes to allow you to gain a live understanding about how a pair of poles can assist you to get outdoors and connect with nature, make you stand tall and improve your posture, and encourage open conversation with new faces.
Once you feel confident and comfortable with the poles we shall head off for a stride along the front. As we walk and talk you can take in the views of the open sea, breathe the fresh sea air into your lungs, and listen out for the hark of the seagulls. This outdoor experience should freshen your senses and leave you excited and energised for the rest of the days sessions.
If you are lucky we may just get chance to have our picture taken with Morecambe and Wise.
Approx 10:15 am we shall head back to the hotel where we shall have tea and biscuits and a short discussion about what you have experienced during the session.
Please note that this is an outdoor activity and so suitable attire is recommended.
At present we are not sure of the weather conditions so it is advisable to have trainers or flexible soled walking shoes (boots are generally too rigid) on your feet. Layered outdoor clothing is suitable as you can easily warm up using the poles. A rucksack with a drink and possibly a pair of waterproofs is a good idea but not essential. If it’s looking like it will be cold then perhaps a pair of thin gloves can also be brought along. Often hands warm up quickly and so thick (skiing type) gloves are not recommended.
If it should rain at all then you may be well placed to have a change of clothing/socks/shoes for the rest of the day in case any items you are wearing for the session get damp at the edges.
Us regular Nordic walkers find that if we put a smile on our faces and ask for good weather the Nordic weather God is often very good to us. Positive thoughts in the lead up to the event then folks please.
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 to 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 is a specific fitness technique and is not to be confused with trekking, hill walking or trail running as the poles are not planted in front of the walker/runner 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.
More important than all the physical benefits you will receive when Nordic walking though is the feeling you get from being outdoors amongst friends.
Already in Preston we have hundreds of happy Nordic walkers in our active social group. Many new friendships have been made. Members of the group regularly meet for a cuppa after the walks. Others have been known to arrange their own events, like a trip to the Blackpool Gin Festival. Each month we hold an Adventure walk which takes the group further from Preston for a longer walk, as well as some refreshments in a pub, café or restaurant. Many of the group are willing to car share, and through our private Facebook group many encourage, motivate and support each other to maintain regular movement and communication.
All of our Nordic walkers are happy to tell you how much they enjoy the company and the benefits they are receiving from regular Nordic walking.
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If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call Matt on 07530 813225 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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