What we're about

This is a group for anyone who would love to meet new people, get fitter, enjoy the outdoors and feel more relaxed and happy. Most of our members are over 40, and we all love Nordic Walking.

For those of you who have Nordic Walked before: We have Nordic Walking classes almost every day of the week in South East London. Once a month we have a longer walk, which we call our monthly Explorer. Those Explorer walks can be joined by Nordic Walkers or walkers without poles, so they are an excellent opportunity to meet some of our other members.

Nordic Walking is a fun activity for people of all ages and abilities. It is soft on the joints and knees and helps with back and shoulder pain. You use 90% of your muscles and up to 45% more calories compared to walking without the poles. All in all, a super fun and effective way to get fit, happy, healthy and to meet new friends!

If you haven't tried Nordic Walking before, we offer regular taster sessions in Southeast London. Those sessions are free, and designed to give you the best idea what Nordic Walking is all about and why we all love it so much.

We also regularly offer 4-week Learn to Nordic Walk courses. If the taster session gave you a taste for more, you can sign up for one of those. If you can't find a time or date you are looking for, please don't hesitate to get in touch, we might be able to set one up at a time more convenient for you.

Feeling adventurous? We also organise holidays and weekends away, and sometimes we offer kayak coaching or paddleboarding classes.

Our trips and meetups are all about getting fitter and making you feel good!

Come on, sign up for a free taster, we are sure you will love it!

Upcoming events (5)

Fit with Parkinson's (Zoom indoor class)

Online event

£15.00

Exercise can slow down the progression of Parkinson’s, and Covid 19 Quarantine is no reason not to move! Join our fun online class and stay fit and healthy. Our ‘Nordic Neuro Magic’ is a new exercise class designed for people in the early stage of Parkinson’s and their friends or partners who can walk, are at a low risk of falls and have no major other health concerns. Inspired by PD Warrior, we run especially designed classes, designed to slow down the progression of Parkinson’s. Our members love it, and we can really see the difference in the members who have been with us for a while! Now we are all in Quarantine during the Covid 19 outbreak, we have adapted our outdoor classes to an interarctive online session twice a week. So join us every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am for this fun and fast paced session. If you have 1.5×1.5 meter space, a sturdy chair without arm rests and an internet connection, you are good to go. It is sociable, fun, and keeps you in the best shape you can be, without ever leaving your home. The classes are based around 7 key principles: o Powerful o Complex o Frequent o High effort o Meaningful in daily life o Specific to symptoms o Fun! Once we can get back to Nordic Walking we will! Please keep an eye out for our outdoor classes when quarantine time is over. New to Fit and Happy Outdoors? Please email me on [masked] or send me a personal message through Meetup at least 24 hours before the session you would like to join. That will give me enough time to get back to you and discuss your needs and find out a bit more about you. Once signed up we will send you a link to our Zoom meeting, as well as the password. Cost: £150 per 10 sessions or £90 per month for unrestricted access to all our classes. Your partner can join your session for free. Pay What Works: The price shown above is the “true” value of the session that best reflects the work I put into preparing and leading your session. However, I understand that not everyone can afford to pay full price, and I don’t want that to stop you from joining us. In an effort to find a balance between more financial accessibility and sustainable pricing, I now offer a “Pay What Works” model. This allows for financial flexibility while still valuing and respecting the work and energy I provide in creating and delivering these classes. Then send an email to [masked] with the heading “INVOICE please”- followed by “FAHO 1” to pay full price as quoted below, “FAHO 2”, for 20% off, or “FAHO 3” for 50% off. Pllease do tell me if you want to pay for 10 sessions, or if you’d like to pay monthly. I prefer payment by bank transfer, but if that is not possible you could post me a cheque, made out to Ailien Rhijnsburger.

Sydenham Woods Nordic Walking (6 people only)

Online event

£10.00

Ready to get outside? Our Monday evening Nordic Walking session in Sydenham Woods is back! At this moment we still need to keep it small, as the current regulations still only allow groups (of more than one household) of no more than 6 people. For now this walk is for our experienced Nordic Walkers only, who already used to Nordic Walk with us regularly before Covid 19 kept us indoors, and who have their own Nordic Walking poles. As this session is outdoors, we will not ask you to wear a face mask, but we do ask you to keep 2 meters apart. Some of our walkers might be immune compromised or more at risk, so please help us keep everyone safe! Please do not come to the session and stay at home if: - you know you have been in contact - in the last 2 weeks- with someone with symptoms of possible Covid, or if you have been in contact with someone who tested positive. - you have any of the following symptoms: (new) Loss of smell/taste, Persistent cough, Fatigue, Loss of appetite, Skin rash, Hives, Fever, Severe muscle pain, Shortness of breath, Diarrhoea, Delirium, Abdominal pain, Chest pain, Hoarse voice, Eye soreness, Sore or painful throat, Nausea or vomiting, Headache, Dizziness or light headedness We meet by the entrance to Cox's walk, opposite the closed down pub formerly known as the Harvester (by the crossing of the South Circular with Lordship Lane).

Burgess Park Nordic Walking (6 walkers only)

Park Life Cafe

£10.00

Our Tuesday Morning Nordic Walking session in Burgess Park is back! At this moment we still need to keep it small, as the current regulations still only allow groups (of more than one household) of no more than 6 people. So for now this walk is for our experienced Nordic Walkers only, who already used to Nordic Walk with us regularly -before Covid 19 kept us indoors- and who have their own Nordic Walking poles. As this session is outdoors, we will not ask you to wear a face mask, but we do ask you to keep 2 meters apart. Some of our walkers might be immune compromised or more at risk, so please help us keep everyone safe! Please do not come to the session and stay at home if: - you know you have been in contact - in the last 2 weeks- with someone with symptoms of possible Covid, or if you have been in contact with someone who tested positive. - you have any of the following symptoms: (new) Loss of smell/taste, Persistent cough, Fatigue, Loss of appetite, Skin rash, Hives, Fever, Severe muscle pain, Shortness of breath, Diarrhoea, Delirium, Abdominal pain, Chest pain, Hoarse voice, Eye soreness, Sore or painful throat, Nausea or vomiting, Headache, Dizziness or light headedness - As we cannot have more than 6 people in a group, please do not turn up if you haven't signed up! We meet by the cafe in the middle of the park, near the car park and the childrens play ground. I reserve the right to cancel the session if there are less than 3 participants. Session Price: £10 per session, £89 for a 10-session card or £70 unlimited sessions per month. Session cards and pay Monthly can be used in any of our outdoor walks or indoor Zoom classes sessions (except for the Parkinson's sessions). Pay What Works: The price shown above is the “true” value of the session that best reflects the work I put into preparing and leading your session. However, I understand that not everyone can afford to pay full price, and I don’t want that to stop you from joining us. In an effort to find a balance between more financial accessibility and sustainable pricing, I now offer a “Pay What Works” model. This allows for financial flexibility while still valuing and respecting the work and energy I provide in creating and delivering these classes. Then send an email to [masked] with the heading “INVOICE please”- followed by “FAHO 1” to pay full price as quoted below, “FAHO 2”, for 20% off, or “FAHO 3” for 50% off. Pllease do tell me if you want to pay for 10 sessions, or if you’d like to pay monthly. I prefer payment by bank transfer, but if that is not possible you could post me a cheque, made out to Ailien Rhijnsburger. Want to prepay for more than one walk, or already have your own poles, please contact me on [masked] and I will send you the payment details for the right amount! We walk in all safe weather conditions – if a walk is cancelled, we will contact you to let you know. Please check for text messages or Meetup messages before leaving home! (I am sorry- at this moment I am not training any people new to Nordic Walking. Hopefully I can restart our learn to Nordic Walk sessions again soon. Keep an eye out on our website)

Fit and Happy Indoors - Strong and Powerful - Online class

(Please be aware: new log in details. Link below is new one!) Join us for our online strength training classes. Every Tuesday and Friday 5 pm This session is aimed at people over 50. Our exercises are gentle but effective. There will be no floor exercises in this session, but you can expect to work hard! What you need: • ca 1.5x1.5 meter space to move around. • tablet, laptop or computer screen with internet connection • rubber physio band (aka Thera band) • pilates bar or Gym Fit bungies to use with your Nordic Walking poles. (I can lend you these, and can bring them over if you don’t live too far) • Some hand weights, tins, water- or milkbottles or whatever you can find around your house Cost: Use your 10 session card for £8.90 per session, or £70 per month for unlimited sessions if paid monthly in advance (excluding neuro sessions). Please let me know when your card is full, so I can send you an invoice for your next 10 sessions, or for your monthly payment. When you sign up, I will send you the link and the password you will need to join this session! Like many others my work has been severely affected by the Corona quarantine, when it stopped my normal work from one day to the next. As I am self employed, I have no other means of income. By joining this class you help me pay my bills, and I appreciate that enormously!

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