Nordic Walkers' Stories

Margot - less knee pain and weight loss

Margot - less knee pain and weight loss

Posted by Kristen Pratt on

Margo came to Nordic Walking to see if it would make walking easier and less painful after having one full knee replacement and a “tidy up” of the other knee. She quickly discovered one of the secrets to Nordic Walking - that when the poles are used correctly and effectively you can reduce the load on your feet, knees, hips and lower back by up to 10kgs - it’s sort of like walking with crutches. And because you are harnessing the power of your upper body to propel yourself along you are suddenly using over 90 per cent of your...


Elizabeth Reid: Staying active with Parkinson’s

Elizabeth Reid: Staying active with Parkinson’s

Posted by Kristen Pratt on

"I started Nordic Walking in 2015. As well as being a fun form of exercise, I wanted to improve my posture, which had begun to resemble that of Quasimodo as I struggled with Parkinson’s. The progressive deterioration of Parkinson’s has meant that I have slowed down over the years, but the poles ensure that I am well supported and help with my balance." "The Thursday Nordic Walking group brings laughter and friendship into my life. My Nordic Walking poles got me through Uzbekistan and Western China last year, and this year I am taking my poles on a Trans-Siberian journey.”...


Hannah: Nordic Walking her way back from a catastrophic stroke

Hannah: Nordic Walking her way back from a catastrophic stroke

Posted by Kristen Pratt on

Hannah was 35 years old when she had brain surgery for a benign brain tumour. The operation was extremely risky and left her with a brain stem stroke. She woke with no movement on her right side, and a host of other problems. She started from an extremely low base. Once she left hospital three months after the event, she could just manage walking across the room. About 5 months after her operation, Hannah took up Nordic Walking. She was extremely unbalanced at first, there are many memories of almost falling over down the driveway. But months and months of...


Why so many ex-runners are turning to Nordic Walking

Why so many ex-runners are turning to Nordic Walking

Posted by Kristen Pratt on

Kristen and Laurie were both keen runners until the years and injuries took their toll and made running not so much fun anymore. They were both struggling to find an activity that they enjoyed and gave them the same benefits as running.Laurie initially resisted s attempts to get him to try out Nordic Walking. He eventually gave in, learnt the correct technique and hasn’t looked back. Laurie said…..“I simply couldn’t run any more due bad knees and back and wasn’t able to find a form of exercise that I enjoyed and gave me the intensity of workout and buzz that...


Agnes: Polio Survivor: Nordic Walking a new lease on life

Agnes: Polio Survivor: Nordic Walking a new lease on life

Posted by Kristen Pratt on

"I am a polio survivor. What this means is that every day requires extra effort to be able to walk around. My muscles are weak and some muscles don’t work at all. Having one leg about 3.7 centimetres shorter than the other means that I walk with a pronounced limp. This means quite a strain on my lower back because I also have 2 kilograms of full-length caliper on that leg to help me walk." "I have tried different exercises to strengthen my back muscles with minimal effect. I am always on the lookout for what I can do to help maintain...


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