Let Nordic poles take the strain as you walk to fitness
A FREE taster session and an inexpensive four-week course in Nordic walking are being offered in Torquay.
The activity is thought to burn twice as many calories as normal walking.
The use of poles propels Nordic walkers along, making it feel easier and reducing strain on knees and joints. It is suitable for anyone who experiences back or shoulder problems.
People taking advantage of the sessions are encouraged to make their pledge to loveLIFE, the Herald Express campaign aimed at helping South Devon residents lead fitter, healthier and happier lives. (See Page 62).
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The Nordic walking sessions have been organised by Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust's community fitness team.
The trust's physical activity co-ordinator and local Nordic walking instructor, Elaine Mason, said: "If you're looking to take up a new hobby, or even as part of your loveLIFE pledge, look no further than Nordic walking. It is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, it is simple to learn and is a great way to have fun and meet new people.
"The taster session provides the perfect opportunity for local people to try this form of exercise. For those who enjoy the taster session, it is great to be able to invite people along to the technique course.
"We can also show people how to adapt their technique to their health needs, so if someone has had an injury in the past or has problem areas we can ensure they will still benefit from and enjoy the new form of physical activity.
"Nordic walking can help you become fitter and healthier and you can have great fun doing it. You can also pledge your steps towards the loveLIFE target of one million miles."
The taster session is on Monday, February 4, from 1.30pm to 2.15pm. All equipment is provided. Participants are advised to bring a pair of trainers or flexible soled shoes.
People signing up to the four-week course will learn all the basic techniques needed to fully benefit from this form of exercise.
The course runs for one hour a week for four weeks. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a competency card showing all the basic techniques have been mastered. This card enables people to attend Nordic walks and events all over the country.
The four-week course costs £15, which includes the use of poles. It takes place from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on Mondays from February 11 to March 4.
All sessions are held by fully qualified instructors. Participants should meet at the Acorn Centre, Barton, Torquay. Places must be booked in advance. Call 01803 321867 or visit www.tsdhc.nhs.uk
For more information about loveLIFE visit www.heraldexpresslovelife.co.uk