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NEWS RELEASE No: 144909 MARCH 2011

Red Nose Nordic Walking session at Haldon Forest Park

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Nordic Walking demonstration at Rosliston Forestry Centre, The National Forest

Looking for a good way to raise money for Comic Relief?  Fancy trying a new activity?  If so, why not join in the ‘Red Nose Nordic Walk’ on Friday 18 March at Haldon Forest Park near Exeter.

Qualified Nordic Walking instructor, Fiona Swan who runs sessions at Haldon is offering an introductory session for people who fancy giving it a go to raise money for this good cause.  By donating £5 people can take part in the ‘have a go’ session in the woods, with poles provided by Fiona.  The only stipulation is that they wear a red nose!  Fancy dress is optional, though flexible soled shoes and comfortable clothing is a must!

The session will start at 12pm and those wishing to book their place should contact Fiona on 01626 890120 or email her at

Nordic Walking is a popular fitness technique incorporating specially designed walking poles to work the upper part of the body as well as the legs whilst walking, making it a full body work out.  It was first developed in Finland in the 1950s to help cross country skiers maintain their fitness.  Suitable for people of all abilities, it is recommended by fitness experts and health professionals because it is simple, highly effective and affordable.

By using the specially designed poles, people can use all the major muscles in the body to burn up to twice as many calories as ordinary walking, even though the poles make it feel easier by propelling the walker along! 

The poles also reduce the pressure on the knees and joints and the gentle upper body movement is great for easing back and neck pain too. It’s so effective that it is being used for weight loss, rehabilitation and sports specific training all over the UK and those that have tried it all agree that being outdoors was energising and that they felt fantastic afterwards!


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