Nordic walking arrives at Bedgebury National Pinetum Forest

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IF YOU GO down to the woods on Sunday – your eyes won’t be deceiving you and you are not in a ski resort.

Nordic Walking instructor Louise Bastable is bringing Sunday morning Nordic Walking sessions to Bedgebury National Pinetum Forest – part of the Forestry Commission.

Louise explained: “It’s suitable for all ages and fitness levels, simple to learn and really sociable.

By using the specially designed poles, you can exercise all the major muscles in the body and burn up to twice as many calories as ordinary walking. But the best thing is that the poles actually propel you along - so it feels easier!”

Nordic walking was first developed in the 1930s to keep cross country skiers fit in the summer months.

Since then it has evolved into a highly effective and enjoyable activity which is suitable for all fitness levels, burning up to 40 per cent more calories than normal walking. It is now the fastest growing fitness activity in the world with over 10 million participants.

The poles also reduce the pressure on the knees and joints and the gentle upper body movement helps to ease back and neck pain. It is particularly effective for weight loss, rehabilitation and sports specific training.

It does however require the correct technique in order to get the whole body working.

Louise offers come and try sessions and four week technique courses in Bedgebury Forest. Check out her website for all the dates and times www.explorefitness.co.uk or call her on 07774 183064 to give it a try.

Louise will also be offering free taster sessions at Bedgebury’s Forest Discovery Day on Sunday September 11.