2018 A Year full of great memories

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2018 A Year full of great memories

Thank you everyone. I't’s been a wonderful year. Please click the galleries below for a photo review of 2018!

If you know anyone who you think might benefit from Nordic Walking, no matter what level of fitness or age they are, please encourage them to join our outdoor gym! Click here for January Learn2 workshops.

Best wishes everyone for a healthy and happy 2019.

Michelle x

#BritNW #NordicWalking #INWA #WellBeing #Fitness #Bedford #OutdoorGym #Walk1000Miles

www.freshairnordicwalking.com

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Great Fun and Fitness had on the Christmas Nordic Walk

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Great Fun and Fitness had on the Christmas Nordic Walk

Great atmosphere and spirit yesterday on yet another memorable walk in our local countryside. We covered just over 9 miles taking in pub pit stops at the Cock, Bell and finally the Fox. Thanks to Alison for putting on a spread which was well earned.

The walk marked some firsts. In particular the ‘bag for life’ wellies to get us through a swampy bit of the walk down by the River Great Ouse out the back of Pavenham.

Here are a few pictures from the day including some courtesy of Jenny Goodman! And thanks to Diana for the map pic!

Check our the routes and stats below too.

Michelle x

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New Year, New Resolutions.  Choose Nordic Walking

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New Year, New Resolutions. Choose Nordic Walking

Choose Nordic Walking as part your ‘Get Fit and Healthy’ commitment for 2019. This is why.

It combines the simplicity and accessibility of walking with simultaneous core and upper body conditioning similar to Nordic skiing. The result is a full body workout, which means that you:

  • burn up to 46% more calories compared to walking without poles;

  • release tension in the neck and shoulders;

  • improve your posture and gait;

  • strengthen your back and abdominal muscles; and

  • reduce the impact on your joints.

And because Nordic Walking doesn’t feel like too much hard work you’ll be happy to walk further and for longer.

Its benefits have also been endorsed by Public Health England.

I will be running a series of Learn2Nordic Workshops starting in January. The first one starts Friday 4th January and will run over 4 consecutive weeks. You can book in using the booking form below.

Even if this course doesn’t fit in with your plans, but you would like to join a group, please do drop me a line at hello@freshairnordicwalking.com.

Look forward to seeing you soon!

Michelle.

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Better than staying on the couch!

Just under a 5 miler nordic walk this morning. Well worth getting out of bed early even if, as Claire said, the weather felt more ‘Nordic’ than we’re used to!

If you’re interested in joining my New Year Learn to Nordic Workshops please phone or contact me through the website.

www.freshairnordicwalking.com

mobile: 07833113113

#BritNW #NordicWalking

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Walk and a SoupFest

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Walk and a SoupFest

There’s a great event in Bedford this coming Tuesday (27th November, 11.30am) called SoupFest, to raise money for the homeless. Details of the event can be found HERE.

For everyone who may be interested, I am planning this Tuesday morning’s regular nordic walk to take in a walk from Riverside in town along the riverbanks of the Great Ouse and then back for the start of SoupFest. Who doesn’t love some hot soup in these wintry months, especially for a good cause?! Can’t wait. To reserve your place please click here.

Michelle.

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Sociable Fitness Works!

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Sociable Fitness Works!

On Thursday evening, our intrepid Nordic Walkers braved the wet and cold to take their strides to the urban environment of Bedford town centre and join the festive mood as the Christmas lights were switched on.

Starting from the top of Brickhill we walked down towards the Embankment to watch the fireworks and take in a mulled wine and soup at The Longholme Cafe. As they say, for every down there is an up and off we went heading back into town, through Bedford Park (we did look like a group of Minions scooting across with our head torches) and back up the hill to our starting point. Over 7km nordic miles under our belt by the end. But most of all we had a right laugh. Good memories.

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New Intro to Nordic Walking Workshop starts 30th October

My next learn2nordic workshop is being held over 5 sessions, on consecutive Tuesdays starting at 9.10am Tuesday 30th October. Venues may change to add variety but will all take place in Harrold and neighbouring villages. The first will start from the Bell Pub, Odell. Pole hire is included. Please wear clothing which is suitable for the weather and good quality, supportive outdoor footwear appropriate to country walking/hiking.

To book in please use the following direct booking link: BOOK HERE

Look forward to seeing you there!

Michelle.

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Pushing it Further on a Saturday Morning

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Pushing it Further on a Saturday Morning

We like to try and extend our walks on Saturday mornings. This week we completed a 12.4km nordic walk touching on three villages - Carlton, Turvey and Stevington, basking in beautiful Autumnal sunshine all the way - it almost felt like Summer was back again.

It was so atmospheric as we walked along the old railway line near Picts Hill

It was so atmospheric as we walked along the old railway line near Picts Hill

And here is a visual of the walk so you can relive it :-)

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Nordic Walking Exel Challenge Photostory

INWA 10 Steps technique showcased by Team FreshAir at the Exel British Nordic Walking challenge.

I couldn't be more proud of our group.  It was our first group event and we went straight for the 10k.  The picnic in the stunning grounds of Wollaton Hall Deer Park was a perfect way to finish off a great event.  It was so good to catch up with the Nordic Family - especially Catherine Hughes, Bradley Blake, Rebecca and the rest of the BNW team.

Here's my photo story of the day.  I hope this encourages more and more to attend these events - roll on Newport on 24th June 2018!

Michelle.

 

#INWA #BritishNordicWalking #FreshAirNordicWalking #NordicWalking #Exel #GreenGym #Wollaton

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New Learn2Nordic Walking Workshops

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New Learn2Nordic Walking Workshops

will be run on:

Friday 11th May at 11.15am

AND

Monday 14th May at 12.30pm.

Meeting point is the Flagpole at Harrold Odell Country Park.  Pole hire is included.

The first 75 minute workshop will teach you the basic 'steps' in the INWA recommended '10-step' pathway for correct Nordic Walking technique.  The cost for this initial session is £8 and includes pole hire. Those wishing to continue beyond the first session will be invited to complete the Learn2Nordic course over 4 further weekly sessions (£32).

To attend an initial Learn2NordicWalk workshop click HERE.  

Before starting, attendees must complete a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire which can be found HERE.  If you have any concerns about this please do not hesitate to contact me and if you are in any doubt please be sure to contact your GP first before engaging in any physical activity.

 

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Abba Love

Great Community Spirit from Swineshead.  Nordic Walking tryout followed by sizzling sausages at the Village Hall.  Ten out of ten for the Abba rendition!  I will be back again soon!

Many thanks to Jo Jacques.

 

#nordicwalking #britishnordicwalking. #greengym #swineshead. #bedfordshire 

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Beautiful Bedfordshire - right on our doorstep

What a stunning weekend! 

Lovely walking today.  Great 8km trail (13k steps) and video analysis out the back of  Pavenham with the Saturday Early Crew (well, most of the regulars!).  It's been more than a year out with the group and whether it's been snowing, sleeting, raining cats and dogs, dark, sludgy, muddy, or sunny, they've made the time each Saturday to get out there, regularly and with a smile.   These sessions sum up why I do this.

Have a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend everyone.

Michelle x

#nordicwalking #pavenham #greengym

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Thursday 12th - Come and Have a Go!

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Thursday 12th - Come and Have a Go!

The word appears to be spreading about the benefits of Nordic Walking and how much fun it can be.  Thank you to all of you who have recommended others to have a go.

I will be holding a tryout session before the Thursday evening walk on the 12th, at 6pm, heading out from the Bell Pub.  

Anyone interested in joining please book online following the link HERE and be sure please to complete the Par-Q Health Questionnaire in advance.   thank you!

 

 

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New Faces New Goals

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New Faces New Goals

Spring 2018

It's been great to see so much enthusiasm from everyone, including our 10 Nordic Newbies who started in January, in spite of our waterlogged paths and muddy fields. I can't wait for things to improve weatherwise just a little so that we can explore all the great routes that are on our doorstep,

For some who are keen to set some personal goals, I am delighted to help you achieve them. To help this along, I am extending Saturday morning sunrise walks for the devoted 7.30am gang to try and get us up to 10k distances regularly. Same for the Friday morning workout gang :-)

Save the Date

Saturday 28th April. First 5 and 10k Nordic challenge  And then i will be running a stall on The Green at Harrold Pit Run in the afternoon. Details to follow. 

British Nordic Walking run a series of Challenges throughout the Summer. First one is in Nottingham Saturday 12th May. At the beautiful Wollaton Park in Nottingham We really enjoyed last year's event.  It would make a perfect day trip for all the family especially if we organised an afternoon picnic.  Everyone's a medal winner.

http://www.wollatonhall.org.uk

 

Harrold to Pavenham

Harrold to Pavenham

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Everyone loves a campfire 2017 Winter Surpise

It's been an immense first year of Fresh Air NW and I wanted to mark it in a way which would be remembered.  It's been rewarding in so many positive ways.

Thank you to everyone who came along and made it so special.  Campfire, toasted marshmallows, hot cider, 'raclette' cheese and a few games after a (short) nordic walk, or 'hop', up from Harrold to Chellington Centre.  

Most of all, it was great for people from different groups to all come together and share their experiences and emphasise the social side of (nordic) walking out together.

I'm very excited about 2018 and looking forward to seeing you all for many more nordic miles!

If you do anyone who would like to join us please do let me know.  I'd be pleased to send them a special invitation to join me in January.

See you all soon and thanks so much for your support and encouragement.

Michelle.

 

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Special Nordic Event - Thursday 30th November 7 - 9 pm - still places left!!

Please join me for a special Nordic Evening event on Thursday 30th November.   This will mark the end of a monster year for me and I'd like as many of you who have made this all possible to come along.  

The event is completely FREE but it is essential I know numbers in advance, so please do book in via the booking system - the direct link is here.  

Partners and kids are all welcome at this event (although you will be responsible for them)! 

Please meet at the Harold Odell Country Park flagpole for a prompt 7pm start.

It is ESSENTIAL that you have a head torch and suitable clothing and footwear for the weather.  

Please feel free to share!

Look forward to seeing you all.

Michelle. (07833113113)

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Return to Pavenham

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Return to Pavenham

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This week we shall be mostly attacking the paths and hills (!) between Harrold and Pavenham! Parking at the Cock Pub care of our friendly local landlord John.

I'm always fascinated to learn more about the mushrooms and other food we pass on our walks but (I for one) often don't know is food.  You may be interested in the event being run at the Shuttleworth museum on 8th October - Fungal Foray - click HERE for further information.

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