Nordic walking sessions in Whitehall recreation ground, with the café in the leisure centre as the meeting point between the two sessions.
The sessions are led by our qualified instructor Emma, and cost £3 a session (this is subsidised by the branch). Emma has poles that she can lend to you initially for the sessions. The sessions also include a work out with Smovey rings. To book a session please contact Emma on https://southwarwickshirenordicwalking.co.uk/parkinsons-uk .
What is Nordic Walking?
Nordic walking was originally used by elite cross country skiers to keep fit in the summer months. It is a safe form of exercise that exaggerates normal movement patterns, but in using two poles it exaggerates the shoulder swing, elongates your stride length and increases the rotation of your spine. These are all things that become limited in a natural Parkinson’s type walking pattern, so by helping these, and by using the rhythm of the pole walking, people with Parkinson’s find this walking very beneficial.
Nordic walking also, by using more muscle groups, has a greater cardiovascular benefit, but as it uses the poles the person feels lighter on their feet, the posture is improved, taking pressure off joints, reducing pain and helps to maintain that muscle strength, so important in fighting the effects of Parkinson’s on the whole body. As the sessions is outside, in a social group, and aims to be fun, the effect on your mental health is also very good