Nordic Walking for the over 50's #nordic #fitness #course

Good to see that councils in Britain are recognising the benefits of Nordic Walking; we've been working with a few local councils in Australia; we're working on more projects for 2011.

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Nordic walking for the over 50's

Posted on Friday 17 December 2010

City of York Council's sport and active leisure team is working in partnership with Age Concern York to offer a limited number of free Nordic walking courses to anyone over 50 years of age.

Nordic Walking uses special poles to enhance the natural walking style and the movement of the arms, together with proper posture, helps exercise the whole body.  It is especially good exercise for the over 50's as the use of poles means that it has low impact on joints.

Catriona Sudlow, older people's physical activity officer at City of York Council, said: Nordic walking is fun and is a great activity for those over 50.  It is simple to learn and can help burn up to 46 per cent more calories than normal walking, which perhaps explains why it is the fastest growing fitness activity worldwide at the moment. If we have enough interest we hope to continue Nordic walks as part of our York Health Walks programme once the courses have finished."
Courses are funded through Age Concern York's Fit as a Fiddle programme and Natural England and will run for an hour a week for a total of eight weeks. They are also suitable for everyone as no previous experience is necessary on beginner courses. Courses will start at the following locations in York: 
· Hull Road Park - starts on Wednesday 9 February from 1pm to 2pm. 
· Rowntree Park  - starts on Friday 11 February from 10.30am to 11.30am
· West Bank Park - starts on Friday at from 1pm to 2pm

The courses will be lead by Jason Feavers who has extensive experience in teaching Nordic walking to people of all ages in York and he will be assisted by volunteers.

Places are free, but are limited to a maximum of 12 people per course, so early booking is recommended.  For further information or to book a place please contact Catriona Sudlow, Older Peoples Physical Activity Officer, on 01904 553440 or

All equipment will be provided although participants should wear comfortable clothes and sturdy footwear.


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