Who knew walking with sticks could be so much fun? Hook’s Alice, Julia and Sarah tried out a taster session of Nordic walking with Walk Kernow, at Trelissick near Truro.
Walk Kernow was set up in 2012 by Kelly Bennett, after experiencing the benefits that Nordic Walking gave her. After losing four stone in a ten-month period through healthy eating and her new love of walking, she wanted to share her passion for this sport and both the physical and mental benefits.
Kelly said: “I began Nordic Walking over five years ago. I’d had enough of being overweight and not having the energy to enjoy my life. Diets alone didn’t work and I hated the gym. Nordic walking uses specially designed poles to enhance your natural walking experience.”
Kelly now runs beginner’s workshops to demonstrate how to use the Nordic Walking technique. After that you can purchase Walk Cards with one, five or ten walk options available. “Each week we run several walks around beautiful areas of the county, come along to as many walks as you like, hiring our poles, or using your own,” Kelly added.
This exercise is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness, as it is non-invasive and non-weight bearing. It is beneficial for everyone, overweight, underweight, physically fit or struggling with health issues such as osteoporosis or arthritis. The benefits of Nordic walking are endless. It works on your core as well as legs and arms, it uses more skeletal muscles than swimming and mile for mile it is as good as running.
Desmond Harding, former Industrial Correspondent for The Daily Telegraph, who was also present at the taster session said: “It was absolutely wonderful. I am just back from France looking for ways to lose weight after all that wine and cheese. I’ve signed up for May, [workshops] my wife doesn’t know it yet but so has she.”
You are encouraged to walk at your own pace and enjoy the scenery across Cornwall as you get out in the fresh air and increase your fitness level. Participants also benefit from the social aspect making friends and connections along the way. The ability to exercise at your own pace also allows you the chance to talk and network with other Nordic walkers.
Walk Kernow runs in partnership with Age UK but is inclusive to people of all ages, prices start from £30 for initial taster session and workshop, after which a single walk costs £8. For more information, visit their website here or follow Walk Kernow on Facebook.
*additional reporting completed by Alice Webber and Sarah Woodside.
Photo and Video credits: Alice Webber and Sarah Woodside