Winchester Nordic Walking Winchester Nordic Walking is a friendly and welcoming group of Nordic Walkers who love exercising outdoors, discovering the beautiful surrounding Hampshire countryside and enjoying each others company.
Nordic Walking is a wonderful form of exercise accessible to all. It is an enhancement of ordinary walking – it makes something we can all do twice as effective! Nordic Walking uses poles in order to add two major benefits to walking: - The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs - The poles help to propel the walker along – this means you work harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier!
Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique and is not to be confused with trekking, hill walking or trail running as the poles are not planted in front of the walker/runner but in a specific way that increases the use of the upper body. It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing.
At Winchester Nordic Walking, we help you on your Nordic Walking journey by providing tasters so that you get the chance to feel for what it is like to Nordic Walk and we run beginners “Learn to Nordic Walk” courses for all levels of fitness to equip you to Nordic Walk on your own or in groups.
We aim at leading walks for everyone so we run group walks of various lengths and pace so that you can find one that suits you best.
Our Adventure Walks are chosen carefully so that you get to explore the wide variety of landscapes and scenery in the beautiful surrounding Hampshire countryside and see how they change with the seasons. We run Wellbeing walks for those who prefer slower paced walks and gentle exercises which aim at helping people who may be deconditioned or have health concerns and want to stay mobile and active. And as we have St Catherine’s Hill on our doorstep, we take on the hills in our fast paced Workout Walks that are aimed at the fitter individual.
You can dash off after a walk but there is also the opportunity to extend the social time together, so we often end the walks at a coffee shop and every term, we organise a pub lunch after a lovely walk.
Mainly, we are hooked on Nordic Walking, we get fit, feel good, have a lot of fun, discover the seasons, and form good friendships. Come and try it for yourself, but be careful, you might get hooked too!
Winchester Nordic Walking is led by Christiane Livingston, an experienced Nordic Walking instructor whose enthusiasm for Nordic Walking is renewed daily as she helps people get active, fitter and healthier and see groups of friendship and support form.