Huyton and Knowsley residents are invited to sign-up for a walking workout – with a twist.
Nordic Pole Walking started out in the early 20th century as a way of keeping cross-country skiers fit during the Finnish summers.
Fast-forward 100 years and walking with specifically-designed poles – similar to those used in skiing – is a growing fitness trend, which Community Health Development Team is bringing to Knowsley free of charge.
“This is a specific training technique designed to target 90 per cent of the body muscles without causing muscle fatigue,” says Pauline Whitby, Lifestyle Facilitator for the team, which is part of 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
“It burns up to 20 per cent more calories than normal walking if the correct technique is used and perfectly combines the mental health benefits of effective exercise with those of being outdoors.
Pauline and the team warmly welcome people of all ages to their four-week taster courses which start on Thursday 7 February at Mill Dam Park in Kirkby and on Thursday 7 March at National Wildflower Centre in Huyton.
“The classes take place every Thursday over the period of a month and last from 10.30am till 12noon,” says Pauline. “No special equipment is needed as we provide everything free of charge.”
To book your place or request further details call Annick on 0151 738 1913 or Pauline on 0151 244 4521. Places are limited to 15 participants per session so register early to avoid disappointment.