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In episode 40, I’m talking to Catrin, who set up Nordicymru, instructing Nordic Walking in South West Wales in January 2022.  Like many people the Covid pandemic made Catrin and her family rethink their values and particularly what they wanted from life.  Catrin has been on an amazing journey in the last two years, which has resulted in her training to become a Nordic Walking Instructor.  In our conversation, we discuss the importance of a healthy work-life balance and the benefits of taking the plunge to shake up the status quo.To Find out more about Nordic Cymru:Website: www.nordicymru.com  Email : www.nordicymru@outlook.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nordicymru-111355134737854Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nordicymru/If you want to follow Catrin's camper van adventures then please visit Silver Nugget Adventure on YouTube, or on Instagram or on Facebook.  Catrin mentioned Karen Ingram, who trained her to be a British Nordic Walking Instructor.  Karen was an early guest on Walking On Air, who spoke very inspirationally about how Nordic Walking can help to relieve Back Pain.  Find An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing   #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit   #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #walkwithease #weightmanagement #nordiccymruSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
In this week’s episode, I am talking to Sam Armstrong from Walx Derwent and Dales, in Derbyshire.  Sam had worked in the fitness industry for several years, when she discovered Nordic Walking.  Recognising the benefits that exercise outdoors had on physical and mental health she was inspired to set up her business and empower others in 2008.  Over the years, Sam’s love of walking has taken her all over Europe and the UK and last year, she qualified as a Mountain Leader. She has organised walking Festivals in the Peak District and is planning one with her colleague Nicola Sproson* from 6-8 May in the Lake District.  Sam is also a carer to her eldest daughter and she has kindly agreed to talk to me today, about how Nordic Walking helped her through the most difficult period of her life.*Nicola has been a guest TWICE on Walking on Air.  First time she spoke about adapting Nordic Walking for the Mountains and more recently, she informed us about Navigation for Nordic Walking.Sam's Website is: https://walx.co.uk/groups/walx-derwent-and-dales/Walx Ullswater Nordic Walking Festivalhttps://walx.co.uk/groups/walx-ullswater-festival/Find An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW # #INWA  #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia  #urbanpoling  #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking  #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking   #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing   #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit   #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #walkwithease #weightmanagement #walxderwentanddalesSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
Today I’m talking to Alison Clark from Nottingham.  After a career in nursing, Alison qualified as a Nordic Walking Instructor in August 2017, and works as a volunteer instructor with British Nordic Walking. Projects have introduced her to the needs of a range of people who might feel challenged by a fast paced walk in a group of people they perceive as fitter than them.  She realised that many people find the idea of a ‘workout’ walk  too daunting and intimidating.. Her experience of walking with people with a range of health conditions helped her identify the need for someone to offer a Nordic Walk which takes things at a slower pace. Find An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing   #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit   #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #walkwithease #weightmanagementSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
In this episode, I’m talking to Derek Holloway, who qualified as a British Nordic Walking instructor in September 2021, which is a remarkable achievement, as in 2018, during the Beast from the East, Derek contracted pneumonia.  Whilst in hospital recovering, he suffered a stroke, which affected his limbs and mobility.  Through perseverance, physiotherapy and nordic walking, Derek has regained his fitness and has kindly agreed to share his experience with us today.Further ResourcesStroke AssociationFind An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing   #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit   #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #walkwithease #weightmanagement #stroke #parkinsonsSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
Today I’m talking to Nicola Sproson, of Hiking Highs, based in Glenridding, on the banks of Ullswater.  Regular listeners will remember Nicky, as she was an early guest on Walking On Air, sharing great advice on nordic walking in the mountains and how to use your poles to stay safe and enhance your enjoyment on steep terrain.  Not only is Nicky a qualified NW instructor, but she is also a mountain leader and Navigation coach delivering training to clients who want to complete the various stages of the National Navigation Award Scheme, NNAS for short!.  She has returned to talk to us today, to offer advice to those nordic walkers, ramblers, and hill & fell walkers who want to take their walking up a level and venture off the beaten track to explore hidden corners of countryside.Find An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatoror if you would like a guided day in the Lakeland Fells or a bespoke Navigation Day, then contact Nicola Sproson on nicola@hikinghighs.co.uk If you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xSupport the show https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonairI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing   #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit   #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #walkwithease #weightmanagement #sportrecreation #relocation #nnas #navigation #mislocationSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
Today I’m talking to Josine Baines, who was diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune condition, ulcerative colitis,  in 2014.  Josine’s story is completely remarkable, following her discovery of  Nordic Walking in 2020.  The benefits that she experienced were so miraculous that she was inspired to change career and set up Nordic Walking Tonbridge in April 2021.Further ResourcesCrohn's & Colitis UKFind An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing   #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit   #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #walkwithease #weightmanagement #ulcerativecolitis #immunity #autoimmunitySupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
Today I’m talking to Vicky Welsh, who regular listeners will remember, as she was my very first guest on Walking On Air, when she eloquently answered the big question of What is Nordic walking. Vicky  set up Bristol Nordic Walking in 2010, which is now one of the largest Nordic Walking Clubs in the UK.  She handed it over to her team in 2020, in order to concentrate on new projects.  She organised a successful Nordic Walking festival last October, with future ones planned; she is working on a community nordic walking project in Bristol; and on top of that, she is putting the finishing touches to her  book on Nordic Walking.  Her research for the book has led her to look in more depth into the many benefits of Nordic Walking, one of which is the effect it has on the pelvic floor.  I know that this an area of interest to many people, but also one which no one really wants to talk about.  Luckily for us, Vicky has agreed to share what she has learned.  She has asked me to point out that she is not medically qualified, so she is talking as a nordic walking instructor and fitness professional.Find An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing   #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit   #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #walkwithease #weightmanagement #pelvicfloorSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
In this end of series Christmas special the tables are turned and I am interviewed by Steve Ellis.  Find out about the inspiration behind the podcast and what I have learned since setting it up back in March.Find An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing   #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit   #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #walkwithease #weightmanagement Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
In episode 31, I am chatting to Melissa Domaille about Osteoporosis.  Melissa is a British Nordic Walking instructor, but more relevantly, she is a physio who worked in the NHS for 25 years as a rheumatology specialist and managed the osteoporosis physio service at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.  More recently she conducted a research project with Liz Carver-Richardson to develop a tailored NW programme for people with inflammatory rheumatic diseases. Melissa believes  passionately that engagement in physical activity is beneficial for good health and well-being.  She  joins us today to explain how Nordic Walking can help people with Osteoporosis.Further ResourcesFRAX tool : https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/FRAX/tool.aspx?country=1Royal Osteoporosis Society https://theros.org.ukFind An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing   #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit   #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #walkwithease #weightmanagement #osteoporosisSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
In this episode, I am speaking to British Nordic Walking National Trainer, Steve Ellis, who is based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.  Steve combines his passion and experience for fitness and the outdoors in delivering Nordic Walking, Personal Training and ‘Guided Mountain/Hill Days and Skills Courses’ for those who look to ‘get fit & stay fit‘ in the great outdoors.  The founder and co-owner of Gemini Outdoor Adventure Ltd, Steve has been trekking in the mountains of the UK and Europe for the last 30 years, and as such holds both the ‘Mountain Leader’ and ‘International Mountain Leader’ qualifications.  He is passionate about sharing the outdoors with a wider audience of adults and children. Steve also leads UK treks on the Cotswold Way, Brecon Beacons, Black Mountain, Lake District, Peak District, Cairngorms and Snowdonia; as well as overseas trekking holidays to remote places such as the Garfagnana in Tuscany, Ariege in the French Pyrenees, Mt Toubkal, Atlas Mountains in Morocco and the summit of Africa, Kilimanjaro. When not undertaking these trips, Steve is busy planning future adventures.  Today, Steve joins me to talk about Nordic Walking at altitude and some of his expeditions both home and abroad.To contact Steve, or find out more about his trips, please visit his website.  If you would like to find a Mountain Leader, please visit the British Association of International Mountain Leaders site.Find An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing   #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit   #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #walkwithease #weightmanagement #adventure #nordicwalkingholidays #nordicwalkingexpeditionsSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
In this week’s episode, I interview Marcus Easterling, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Bristol Nordic Walking.  Marcus first picked up a pair of Nordic walking poles in 2013 and was instantly hooked!  The following year he jumped at the chance to train and become an instructor with Bristol Nordic Walking, leading his first class in August 2014. Marcus loves the fact that Nordic Walking is accessible for people of all ages and abilities and great for both body and mind, as well as being a sociable activity.  It is a complete contrast to his day job as a senior dental technician at Bristol University, as it gets him moving and meeting lots of new people. Some of the classes that Marcus instructs take place in the evening and so he joins us today to talk about Nordic Walking in the dark.Find An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing   #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit   #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #walkwithease #weightmanagement #nightwalkingSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
In this episode, I speak to Heidi Leaney who has been a regular walker with Nordic Walking Watford under the expert tuition of Tracy Reeve, who I interviewed in episode 10. Heidi first tried Nordic walking in 2019, to help with a weight loss challenge and has achieved truly remarkable results.   Heidi is a civil servant and lawyer and joins me today, to share her own experience of how Nordic Walking helped her to lose weight and improve her fitness.Find An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing   #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit   #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #walkwithease #weightmanagementSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
In this episode, I speak to Alison Cossons, a former occupational therapist, who has hypermobile Ehlers Danlos syndrome, which was evident from birth however she was only diagnosed in her late 30s alongside her young son.  Alison is a regular Nordic Walker with Nordic4 and attends classes run by both Katie Atkins and Emma Webb.  Alison mentions this YouTube clip in her interview:  https://youtu.be/YxfkWAPMdg8  Jason Perry - Practical Pacing and Fatigue Management within the Ehlers Danlos Society YouTube account. Further ResourcesThe Ehlers Danlos Society - www.ehlers-danlos.comMedical journal article about hEDS, written by members of the International Consortium on Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and hypermobility spectrum disorders:  Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (a.k.a. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome Type III and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobility type): Clinical description and natural historyEhlers-Danlos Support UK https://www.ehlers-danlos.org/.  HMSA - Hypermobility Syndrome Association https://www.hypermobility.org/.  Alison’s family will be forever grateful to Professor Rodney Grahame  (https://www.ehlers-danlos.com/rodney-grahame/ ) who made these diagnoses for them, and later for Alison’s daughter.  Alison and her family continue to receive online and hydrotherapy physiotherapy from Rachel Lewis (www.physio-hydro.com) who has known Alison following the birth of Alison’s son.  Find An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing   #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit   #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #walkwithease Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
In episode 27,  I’m talking to Mike Parsons who has over 40 years of hands on gear making experience in the outdoor equipment trade. From pattern making, cutting, sewing, textile testing, lean manufacture, product design and management and online selling operations,. He has wide ranging mountain sport skills; snow, ice, rock, mountaineering, ski-nordic, skate, tele, alpine, mountain biking, horse riding. He has competed in over 30 Mountain Marathons and mountain activities on all 7 continents including the ascent of 18 virgin summits. He was formerly MD of Karrimor International and founder of OMM Ltd, a specialist in lightweight outdoor gear. Mike Parsons is now an independent innovation coach and, in collaboration with  Mary Rose  has established The OutdoorGearCoach with the aim of educating everyone involved in the outdoors with an understanding of the products and garments needed for protection.  To that end they have published a book called Staying Dry and Keeping Warm and run training programmes for outdoor professionals, who are keen to learn more about this subject. If you want to find out more about this subject of keeping dry and staying warm, then please do look in the show notes, where I will include links to Mike’s books, posters to download,  his training course, and his youtube channel, which has some great short videos or nuggets on particular topics, such as the importance of the hood.  If you would like to book onto a future workshop then please do email Mike at theomm.mike@gmail.com.  You can follow him on Facebook at @outdoorgearcoach.co.ukFind An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing   #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit   #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #walkwithease #outdoorgearcoachSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
Today I’m talking to Julie Todd, a qualified INWA Nordic Walking Instructor and a Complementary Therapist from Notts Nordic Walking.  Julie discovered Nordic Walking in 2007 and with a keen interest in posture and back health, she immediately found Nordic Walking to be an excellent activity that complements her work. As a Therapist.  Nordic Walking really helped Julie during her  2 pregnancies, which is the focus of today’s discussion.Apologies to keen eyed Nordic Walkers, who will have spotted that the photo features a pair of trekking poles; I'm afraid I couldn't find an image of a pregnant person with NW poles!INWA researchPregnancy and Nordic WalkingFind An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing   #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit   #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #walkwithease #pregnancySupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
Today I’m talking to Siân Harris from Valleys Nordic Walking in South Wales.  A change in Siân’s health meant that she was unable to continue running and led her to discover NW, which in turn spring boarded a complete career change, as she wanted to share the benefits of NW with others.  Siân is also a regular Nordic Walker at her local Parkrun and has even reached the dizzy heights of membership to Parkrun’s 100 club.  To register for Parkrun  in the UK, please visit the Parkrun registration page.  If you are elsewhere in the world, you can google park run.org.xxxx (substitute your country's code in place of the xxxx e.g.   .uk .us .fr etc)Find An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary x                     buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair                I'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing   #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit   #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #walkwithease #parkrun #freeweeklytimed Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
In this episode, I speak to Sarah Walters, a British Nordic Walking instructor based in Old Town Swindon, Wiltshire. Sarah started Nordic Walking in 2010, with her friend Fiona Woodruffe when they wanted to find an outdoor exercise activity that they both enjoyed and that would exercise the body symmetrically and with less impact on the joints. As well as being a British Nordic Walking Instructor, Sarah is also a qualified yoga teacher, which makes her the perfect guest for our topic today, which is Mindfulness and Nordic Walking.  When we recorded this episode on zoom, Sarah was speaking from a campsite in Northern Spain.Find An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing  #menopossibilities #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit   #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #walkwithease #mindfulnessSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
In this episode, I talk to Phil Sheridan and Helen Parsons from Discover Nordic Walking, based in Yorkshire.  Not only are they both qualified as British Nordic Walking Instructors, but they  are also strength coaches with British Weight Lifting and GB Powerlifting. Helen has  a MSc in Occupational Therapy and a BSc degree in Sport, Health, Exercise and Nutrition, while Phil has ​​ recently retired from a range of roles teaching and facilitating various subjects at the School of Medicine, University of Leeds.  In 2002, Phil survived a near fatal road accident leaving him very badly injured and necessitating the amputation of his right leg below the knee. They are joining me today, to share their knowledge of how Nordic Walking can benefit people using prosthetics. If people wish to learn more about Nordic Walking and amputation then Phil & Helen have kindly offered to answer any questions and invited you to get in touch via their website, or on twitter and instagram using the handle @discovernordicwalking.They recommend looking at LimbPower the charity that has  done more than most in this area with specific guidance and training for people with limb loss to become instructors.  Also this online resource by Physiopedia might prove of interest for people wishing to find out more about high level physical activity for people living with lower-limbloss.Find An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing  #menopossibilities #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit   #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #walkwithease #limbpower #amputeeUKSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
In episode 23,  I’m talking to Julia Mitchell from Healthy Steps in Warwickshire, where she teaches Nordic Walking, Tai Chi and a healthy approach to life.  Twenty years ago, Julia was a busy IT executive, but then a diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis that affects the spine, forced her to reassess her priorities. In this episode Julia and I discuss Rheumatoid Arthritis a long-term autoimmune disease that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints.  Typically there are periods when symptoms become worse, known as flare ups that cause damage to the joints.  These flare ups are unpredictable. Today we particularly focus on Ankylosing Spondylitis, often known as AS, and we will learn from Julia’s experiences how Nordic Walking can be of benefit. Rheumatoid Arthritis Organisations in the UK:NRASVersus ArthritisRheumatoid Arthritis Organisations in USARheumatoid Arthritis Foundation This weekend is a fundraising weekend and the campaign is called ‘Step forward for AS’ so really appropriate for Nordic walking. Step forward for AS | National Axial Spondyloarthritis Society (nass.co.uk)Homepage | National Axial Spondyloarthritis Society (nass.co.uk)Find An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking #wellbeing #fitness #greatoutdoors  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing  #menopossibilities #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit  #exerciseoutdoors #exerciseoutside #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #exercisetogether #walkwithease #exel #leki #rheumatoidarthritissupportuk #rheumatoidarthritissupportgroup #rheumatoidarthritisSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
In  episode #22, I speak to Marion Endt-Jones, who runs NordicFit+ in Manchester. As well as teaching art history and working as a German language tutor, Marion trained as a ski instructor in Germany in the mid 90s.  She began Nordic Walking in the summer of 2004 with her local ski club, as a social off-season activity, and has never stopped.   She qualified as an instructor with British Nordic Walking in 2016 and is also a certified fitness and Exercise Referral instructor.Marion has experienced the health benefits of Nordic Walking first hand: Nordic Walking has  helped her during and after her two pregnancies, through her diagnosis with degenerative arthritis in her left knee and with MS, which is the subject of this podcast.M.S. Organisations in the UK:Shift M.S.M.S. TrustNational M.S. SocietyM.S. Organisations in USAMultiple Sclerosis Association of AmericaMultiple Sclerosis FoundationVicky Welsh's Nordic Walking and Mental Wellbeing Surveyhttps://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XG9V7SJ Find An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking #wellbeing #fitness #greatoutdoors  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing  #menopossibilities #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit  #exerciseoutdoors #exerciseoutside #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #exercisetogether #walkwithease #exel #leki #multiplesclerosis #mutliplesclerosisuk #multiplesclerosissocietyuk #nationalmultiplesclerosissociety #mssocietyukSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)
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