I discovered Nordic Walking at Maggie’s Cancer centre, where they were offering it as an activity to help improve fitness after cancer treatment. I really enjoyed it and found it really helped to improve my overall well-being. It’s the ideal form of exercise for me as it is gentle enough on the body and yet I get a workout without being exhausted at the end. After a walk I feel relaxed and energised. I was very excited to learn that Andrea had started offering classes and walks in Ealing and immediately joined in. Andrea is a wonderful teacher lots of fun very clear and encouraging. I really enjoy taking parts in the walks I discovered areas of Ealing parks I didn’t know existed, met some lovely new friends, and improved my fitness and well-being.
Andrea was an informative patient instructor. Two hours went really quickly. Definitely recommend Nordic Walking to anyone wanting to try a new fun exercise. I’m hoping Nordic Walking will improve my posture, give me a full body workout and increase my fitness.
I started suffering various aches and pains and felt very unfit. Nordic Walking seems to loosen every muscle and joint in my body, leaving me feeling much fitter and better. It’s also a very exhilarating walk in a lovely part of Ealing, with Andrea’s excellent company and guidance. I definitely recommend.
I started Nordic Walking almost a year ago and am really feeling the benefits. When I first started, I wasn't able to walk much as I had weak muscles due to having a trapped nerve. After I had been walking for a little while and getting into my stride, I did the second part of the course to further enhance my technique. On our walks we are exercising the whole of our body, enjoying nature, fresh air and the company of others. I'm really enjoying it and getting stronger. I encourage you to join and have fun at the same time as getting fit.
Caroline, you went to the Foundation Course Nordic Walking how did it go?
I learnt a lot, whilst also having a great time. I quickly felt confidence in Andrea as being knowledgeable and a good teacher.
What was your greatest learning?
I got to understand that Nordic Walking is not about using the poles for support. It has its own very special technique (with a number of aspects regarding feet, shoulders, arms, etc).
Did you meet any challenges in the course?
I enjoyed it from the start, but actually was one of the slowest learners in the class. I had problems coordinating my steps and pole movement and kept walking in a “tic-toc”-mode (the same-side foot/hand was front).
I greatly appreciated that Andrea gave me extra little exercises without making me feel I was inadequate or failing. By the end of the class I had got over my initial problem and could get back in step. That was a wonderful feeling.
Would you recommend the course?
Yes: Andrea was very good at adapting things to suit each learner's level, while still keeping us together as a group. I enjoyed the class from beginning to end. I still have a lot to learn, but this was a wonderful start and I look forward very much to building my Nordic Walking skills by taking guided walks with her.
"I love being outdoors with the group. I see much more than when walking in an ordinary way."
Do you go on walks now?
Yes, I love going on the group walks, which are arranged for different levels. Walking with others is fun. I have now bought some poles, so I can do my own walks as well (you can always hire poles from Andrea otherwise).
What do you get out of it?
I love the experience of Nordic Walking. The feeling of it. It is quite different from ordinary walking, and you feel your whole body is involved.
And I really enjoy the walks. You meet different people. It is a lovely way to get into the outdoors - all year round.
What was your greatest surprise about Nordic Walking?
I see more than when walking in the ordinary way. My posture is better and I get to look around more.
I also feel a sense of achievement. There is skill involved and it is nice to feel that I can continuously improve my technique. Andrea is very good at keeping an eye on my technique. She gives helpful tips as we go along, so you feel you are always learning and improving.