How skiers changed the way we walk.
Cycle wheels were exchanged for nordic poles. The wintry sunshine beckoned us into the countryside. We chose the 13th century church of St Botolph in Stow Longa as our starting point for our 10km walk, a point at which an ancient drover’s road took us immediately into the open countryside, surrounded by the blossoming evidence of spring and the growing resonance of birdsong.
Why nordic poles? They frequently raise a smile from passers-by, even light-
hearted quips like “Couldn’t you afford the skis, then?”. But nordic walking all started way back in the 1930s in Finland, when out-of-season skiers looked for a way to maintain their fitness levels during the summer months. Jenny bought her first poles about 4 years ago and, within a few short weeks of tuition, her walking speed and endurance had improved dramatically. The whole effect of nordic walking is to develop a whole-of-body cadence and rhythm that increases comfort and efficiency. You should try it. It really does work.
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