Nordic Walking in Oxfordshire

Welcome

I set up Vale Nordic Walking in 2021. After experiencing the benefits that Nordic walking gave me, I wanted to share my love for the sport and the benefits; being outdoors is great for our mental health and well-being. Being able to spend lots of time outdoors with like-minded people is a huge bonus. Nordic walking is a great way to meet people and get fit at the same time. I am always researching and looking for new places to walk to keep our walks fresh and interesting. I have completed the British Nordic Walking Instructor course, Nordic Walking for Parkinsons and I am First Aid training and fully insured.

What is Nordic Walking...

Nordic Walking is an enhanced walking technique that uses poles to work your upper body as well as your legs. It gives you a highly effective all over workout that doesn’t feel like one! Nordic Walking is a fun and social activity that can be enjoyed in town centres or open countryside throughout the year.

Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles – not to be confused with trekking poles – to enhance your natural walking experience. With a technique that is similar to the upper body action of classic cross-country skiing, Nordic Walking is a genuinely whole body exercise that can be enjoyed at many levels, at low, medium or high intensity. More than 10 million people globally enjoy this outdoor activity all year round.

How will Nordic Walking benefit your body?

Nordic Walking combines the simplicity of walking with core and upper body conditioning similar to Nordic skiing. This gives you a full body workout, which means that you can:

  • Burn around 20% more calories compared to walking without poles.
  • Release tension in your neck and shoulders.
  • Improve your posture and gait.
  • Strengthen your back and abdominal muscles.
  • Reduce the impact on your joints.

 And because Nordic Walking doesn’t feel like hard work you’ll be happy to walk further and for longer.

Is Nordic Walking for you?

If you can walk you can Nordic Walk! It really is for everyone. The poles mean that effort is shared between the upper and lower body so it actually feels easier than normal walking, particularly uphill. Nordic Walking puts less strain on joints than other activities and can be very effective for people with mobility issues or those recovering from illness or injury. It’s also great exercise for toning problem areas such as the upper arms and abdominal muscles.

  • It’s an ideal activity if you haven’t exercised for a while or dislike traditional sports or gym activities. 
  • It is helpful if you have had an injury as the poles can support and guide you while you work to improve fitness as part of your rehabilitation.
  • It is great for athletes for cross training.  
  • It provides community groups with a sociable way to keep fit. 
  • And it’s fantastic if you’d like to shed a few pounds.

Whatever your age, from 8 to 80+, you’ll enjoy discovering the benefits of Nordic Walking that improve your quality of life.

Get in touch if you would like to try out Nordic Walking, our taster sessions are the perfect introduction.  Get more out of your walk – Nordic Walk it

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