You might ask “Why try Nordic Walking?”. Well, why not? It is a great all over workout and as it is not generally a high intensity sport (unless you want it to be) it is ideal for everyone. There are also so many benefits.
We are looking at walking post Covid-19. During the Covid-19 pandemic we put our programme on hold. This was a difficult time for us as well as for our wonderful group of walkers, the Nordic Nuts.
I have kept in touch with as many of the group as possible, during this time. It has been great to hear of some of you getting out walking. I am also aware of those who haven’t had a chance to get out, have been shielding or are key workers and have found it difficult to find the energy to get out and about.
I have contacted our newsletter subscribers and our regular walkers and they were interested in starting the walks again.
We are therefore holding our Getting back to Nordic Walking beach walk on Saturday 27 June 2020 at Cresswell Beach.
Your safety is paramount to us. Therefore, I thought it would be a good idea to let you know what to expect, if you are able to join us.
Firstly, there will be a reminder of technique prior to the walk. Then, dependent on numbers, we will split into two groups (maximum 5 per group). I will take those who don’t want to walk far (up to 3 miles). Martin will lead those walkers who would like to walk a bit further (around 5-6 miles).
We will have anti-bacterial gel available and all our poles and gloves have been cleaned for those of you who borrow them.
We do hope you will be able to join us on Saturday or maybe on one of our future walks, as we start to get back to something like normal.
Strolls with Poles – Nordic Walking for Fun and Fitness
Whilst the key workers (including Julie) are all keeping things going, the rest of us will be either self isolating or just staying home and social distancing, like we’re told. Those over 70 and with underlying health conditions have been asked to stay indoors for 12 weeks. This is likely to be challenging, especially for those of us who are used to getting outdoors. The advice to help cope with social distancing appears to be based around 10 steps.
Establish a daily routine
Balance your weekly routine
Think about which regular activities are most important to you
Set daily goals
Identify the triggers that make you feel low
Talk with family, friends and neighbours
Take care of yourself
Avoid staying still for too long
Have a good sleep routine
Keep in touch – you can contact us at any time.
How can I do this, I hear you you say. Well we’ve put together a bunch of links to resources that can help. Thanks to Julie’s colleagues who have given us permission to share. See below.
The activity pack especially looks great. I’ve tried the “Cake in a mug” recipe already and it’s not bad. I like chocolate pudding a little sweeter and more chocolatey, so more sugar and cocoa next time. I recommend a very big mug.
If we get any more useful information we’ll add it to the this post.
While we can’t get out, we thought we could look back on some of the days out we’ve had and look forward to doing it again soon. Hopefully it will at least fill in a few minutes and help us encourage a positive feeling about the future.
We can’t figure out exactly how many walks we’ve been out on but it’s been a lot. Well over 150 now we think. So, plenty to choose from and we have plenty of photos too, which we will be including in the posts.
If you have any particular requests then just let us know and we will try to accommodate it. We are sure you all have your favourites.
This is an update to our previous post regarding the current situation.
All British Nordic Walking affiliated walking organisations have been asked to consider suspending group classes. Also, given the current heightened level of precautions, that we are all being asked to take, to reduce the impact of Coronavirus we have taken the difficult decision to suspend our walks until further notice. We will continue to keep abreast of the situation and will aim to reinstate our walks as soon as possible.
In the meantime, we would love to hear what you are doing to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors. If you can take a photo especially with your poles we’d love to see them. We are sure that everyone will be keen to see you all still getting out.
Thank you for your continued support, stay safe and hopefully see you soon.
Owing to the current situation with Coronavirus and CoViD19 and the guidance issued by the Government, National Trust has decided to close its houses, shops and cafes. We entirely understand and support this decision. However, as we run training sessions and walks at this property, it will impact these.
Unfortunately, we need to cancel the following training sessions and walks at NT Wallington.
With the Coronavirus and the associated disease COVID19 at the front of everyones mind, you might be asking if Strolls with Poles are still going ahead with our walks. The advice from government is to practice social distancing, after all.
Nevertheless, getting outdoors can have huge benefits, both physically and mentally. Walking outdoors is encouraged in the current guidance, as long as you can keep a short distance from other people.
So, we will be continuing with our walk schedule for the time being. However, we will encourage everyone to take measures like handwashing and using hand sanitiser, as well as reducing contact with each other.
Obviously, if you think you have symptoms, please follow the current advice.
It is likely that the advice will change on a daily basis for the foreseeable future. We will continue to listen to advice and adapt what we do.
Strolls With Poles Community
As anyone that has walked with us before will know, we are a friendly bunch. As a result, we have walking friends all over the region, many of whom are happy to help if required. So, if you’re isolating or just plain bored of it all, please do ask and we’ll try to arrange something.
Temporary changes to cancellation policy
Until further notice, if you have made a booking and decide to cancel for reasons associated with coronavirus or COVID19, please contact us to request a credit or refund.