Torbay Nordic walking sessions launched
With the start of a new year and the clear, crisp winter days now well upon us, there’s never been a better time to step out in the fresh air and take up a new hobby. Residents are being offered further free taster sessions as part of a drive to encourage local people to take up the popular Nordic walking.
Nordic walking is currently being enjoyed worldwide by around 10 million enthusiasts and is thought to burn twice as many calories as normal walking. The use of poles propels you along your walk, making it feel easier, reducing strain on knees and joints, and suitable for anyone who experiences back or shoulder problems.
Organised by Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust’s Community Fitness Team, there are a number of free taster sessions on offer, as well as the opportunity to join a four week course to learn all the basic techniques needed to fully benefit from this form of exercise. All sessions are held by fully qualified instructors.
Nordic Walking requires the correct technique in order to get the whole body working and it is essential to learn this from a qualified instructor who will ensure participants get the full benefit and fastest possible results.
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Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
Free Taster Sessions:
These taster sessions will last approximately 45 minutes and all equipment is provided. However, participants are advised to bring a pair of trainers or flexible soled shoes.
Wednesday 9th January 2013 (10.30am - 11.15am) Meet at Torbay Leisure Centre, Paignton
Monday 4th February 2013 (1.30pm - 2.15pm) Meet at the Acorn Centre, Barton, Torquay
Learn to Nordic Walk technique courses:
The technique courses will run for one hour a week, for four weeks, and will provide people with all the necessary techniques to fully benefit from this form of exercise.
Upon completion of the four week course everyone receives a competency card, which shows you have mastered all the basic techniques needed. Once a person has a competency card they can attend Nordic walks and events all over the country.
The four week course comes at a small charge of £15, which includes the use of poles.
Wednesday’s (10.30am - 11.30am) 16th January - 6th February inclusive. Meet at Torbay Leisure Centre, Paignton
Monday’s (1.30pm - 2.30pm) 11th February - 4th March inclusive. Meet at the Acorn Centre, Barton, Torquay
There are also two sessions taking place on Saturday mornings, perfect for those who are unable to attend the week day sessions:
Saturday 19th and Saturday 26th January (9.30am - 11.30am). Meet at the Acorn Centre, Barton, Torquay.
Participants must complete an application form to book their place on a taster session or technique course.
Elaine Mason, Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust’s Physical Activity Coordinator and local Nordic Walking Instructor, said: “If you’re looking for a new hobby to take up as part of a New Year’s resolution, look no further than Nordic Walking. For anyone who hasn’t yet tried Nordic walking, I would fully recommend it. 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 free taster sessions provide the perfect opportunity for local people to try this form of exercise. For those who enjoy the taster sessions it is great to then be able to invite people along to the technique courses. In these sessions people can really get to grips with the Nordic walking techniques, to ensure they get the very best out of the sessions and truly benefit from the Nordic style of walking.
“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 that they will still benefit from and enjoy the new form of physical activity.”
The Trust is also looking to recruit willing volunteers to lead regular walks for those acquiring their Competence Card through the ‘Learn to’ courses. If you would like to become a volunteer with the Trust, and can spare a couple of hours a week, please contact the Community Fitness Team on 01803 321867.
For more information, or to book on to the free taster sessions or the technique courses, please contact the Trust’s Community Fitness Team on 01803 321867 or visit www.tsdhc.nhs.uk or www.nordicwalking.co.uk