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10 Reasons you should try Nordic Walking this Autumn

Nordic walking is a fantastic outdoor activity that offers numerous benefits, particularly during the Autumn. So here's some compelling reasons why you should consider trying Nordic walking in Devon this autumn:


1. The Autumn Colour: Autumn is renowned for its stunning display of colourful foliage. Nordic walking allows you to immerse yourself in nature and appreciate the changing leaves. Haldon Forest Park always puts on a show along with National Trust Killerton.


2. Preparation for Winter: Engaging in Nordic walking during autumn can help you maintain your fitness level and physical health, setting a positive tone as you head into the winter months.


3. It’s cooler: The cooler temperatures of autumn make it more comfortable for outdoor activities. The crisp air is invigorating, (especially at Haldon!) and you can avoid the heat and humidity of the summer months.


4. Full-Body Workout: Nordic walking engages both the upper and lower body muscles. The use of poles add resistance and helps tone your arms, shoulders, and core while providing an effective cardiovascular workout.


5. Low-Impact Exercise: Nordic walking is gentle on the joints, making it suitable for people of various fitness levels and ages. The walking poles reduce the impact on your knees and joints, making it a great activity if you have any issues in these areas.


6. Increased Calorie Burn: The use of poles and the engagement of upper body muscles result in burning more calories compared to regular walking. This can be especially helpful if you're looking to manage your weight.


7. Improved Posture and Balance: Nordic walking encourages an upright posture and requires coordination between the upper and lower body. This can contribute to better posture and enhanced balance over time.


8. Stress Relief: Spending time outdoors and engaging in physical activity can have positive effects on mental well-being. The combination or exercise and the tranquility of autumn can help reduce stress and improve mood.


9. Boosted Immunity: Regular outdoor activity, especially during autumn when the weather is pleasant, can help support your immune system and overall well-being.


10. It’s Social!: You can join group walks or participate with friends and family, making it a great way to connect and stay motivated. Plus you get to enjoy all the scenery and post walks vist all the cafes & pubs that Devon has to offer.


How to get started To begin Nordic walking always undertake some training with a qualified instructor first so that you can learn the correct technique, enabling you to make the most of this wonderful ativity. Fiona Swan, British Nordic Walking instructor based at Haldon Forest Park, provides training and walks throughout the year. For details see www.nordicwalkingdevon.co.uk or call fiona on 07531 729383 or fiona@nordicwalkingdevon.co.uk





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