Nordic walking is a fitness technique that sees walkers using poles to propel themselves along and, as it uses their upper body muscles as well, it tones the whole body.
The free introduction to Nordic walking is available by booking onto a free taster session in Beacon Park on Tuesday 11th April. The session will run from 9.30am to 10.15am, and will be followed by a three-week beginners’ course.
The taster session and beginners’ course is being run by Jan Shaw in partnership with Beacon Park.
Jan, from Dancing in the Rain, said: “I’d encourage everyone to give Nordic walking a go. It has so many benefits, such as burning up to 46 percent more calories than ordinary walking. It’s great for neck, shoulder and back problems and is easy on the knees and joints. It’s also a sociable form of exercise and allows you to enjoy the great outdoors.
“To gain the maximum benefit, it’s really important that you learn the correct technique from a qualified instructor, so do book your place on the taster session to see if it’s for you.”
Councillor Andy Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks at Lichfield District Council, said: “We’re committed to encouraging local people take part in regular access to boost fitness right across the district. Nordic walking is an ideal form of exercise as it’s something you can enjoy whatever your fitness levels and it gives you a chance to head out to the healthy outdoors. We hope lots of people will book onto the taster course and enjoy the free session.”
The walking poles will be provided but wearing trainers or soft soled footwear is recommended. Participants must be aged 16 or over and will need to reserve their places by calling Jan on 07717 393805.
Following the initial free taster session, participants can choose to take part on a beginners’ course which is running on 18th and 25th April and 2nd May from 9.30am to 10.30am and will cost £27.50.
If, after all that walking, you need to take a break, why not visit the Lakeside Bistro where you can relax, take in some delicious food and drink in a friendly environment, whilst looking over the park's landscape.
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