County Durham and Darlington's Get Active Team is
encouraging local residents to follow in their footsteps as they
bring a new fitness technique to Peterlee - Nordic
And to encourage people to take their first steps in the
technique, the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
team has organised six free introduction courses. With the first
course starting next Tuesday, 1st May.
Lauren Lang, Health Improvement Practitioner for the NHS
Trust said: "Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking.
It is a whole body exercise which is associated with a number of
health benefits. It makes use of specially designed poles to
enhance the natural walking experience. It is a fun and
social form of exercise and has been proven to burn 46% more
calories than normal walking.
"We've set up a series of Nordic Walking Introduction
Courses. The four week courses are free of charge and a great
opportunity to learn the correct Nordic Walking technique. At the
end of the four week course you then have the opportunity to
progress into a weekly Nordic Walking group."
Nordic walkers use poles as they walk, and so their upper
body muscles get involved as well as the legs. The poles help to
propel the walker along - this means the walker works harder
than usual, yet the support given by the poles makes it feel
The sessions take place at the Pavilion in Peterlee from
1:30pm - 2:30pm. The introduction courses run on the
For more information on the Get Active Get Walking
programme please contact Lauren Lang (Health Improvement
Practitioner) on 0191 5692847 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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