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WALX on The Chase is your gateway to health, fitness and mental wellbeing delivered in the picturesque Cannock Chase and surrounding woodlands. We read the maps so you can relax and enjoy the chatter and scenery. With walks ranging from the gentle Wellbeing walks all the way through to the high-intensity Ultimate Nordic session. Whichever level you are at, it’ll be very sociable and always fun.
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Role: WALX Master
A keen sportsman in his younger days Jon also completed 35 years pounding the keyboard as an IT professional.
Jon began Nordic Walking in 2017 and found the low impact exercise a rewarding way to keep fit after experiencing a number of joint and muscle injuries aggravated by running. In addition the sociability enhances the experience both mentally and physically. He is a qualified Nordic Walking UK instructor and relishes having Cannock Chase and its surrounding areas as his place of work.
Outdoor exercise is so rewarding. We have a connection to people, we want to help each other and share in one another’s successes, and this is the fundamental reason that WALX on the Chase exists. This is where we connect to each other as well as nature and our surroundings, this is when we exercise the mind and stress truly subsides. Your inspiration will come from each other and the camaraderie will help you achieve more than you ever thought possible.
Exercising outside is a completely addictive experience, which is rarely hampered by the weather and there is a certain increased sense of achievement when you return from a session in the snow and rain. Our office, your playground will change you in many ways and we guarantee they will all be positive whilst being fun and enjoyable.
Role: WALX Master
A keen sportsperson Sharon had to give up competitive sport following a short illness aged 18. She tried a number of different physical activities none of which motivated continuation. Sharon came across an advert for Nordic Walking in 2017 and felt it would be a good way to exercise outdoors alongside her partner.
Having worked as a Health and Safety Manager for over 20 years, the last 10 years have had an added focus on wellbeing and Sharon began to appreciate the benefits Nordic Walking provides both physically and mentally. This has inspired her to look at new opportunities to support workplaces in providing activities as part of their wellbeing programme.
Sharon has recently qualified as a WALX Master and is looking forward to delivering her own training programmes.
Role: WALX Guide
Pam has always enjoyed being outdoors as she was brought up on a farm and spent her youth horse riding across fields and lanes. Since leaving home to go to university Pam has continued to enjoy the outdoors and after moving to Cannock in the 1980s has been a regular walker and runner on Cannock Chase. The Chase is so changeable with the seasons there is always something new to see and so many paths and routes that you can never get bored there.
After 35 years in education, Pam retired from full-time work in the summer of 2019 but wanted to utilise her skills of motivating people to achieve more than they thought they could. After completing a Nordic walking course she felt that there were a lot of benefits to Nordic walking-the mental well being of exercising outdoors and the social side, meeting local people who all have their own reasons for taking part in Nordic walking. When the opportunity came to train as a WALX Guide Pam decided that this would be her opportunity to enjoy herself but also to “give back”. She would love you to join her on her walks
Role: WALX Guide
Having achieved a ‘Walking for Health’ leader in 2019 which includes walks that are free, sociable and easily accessible for most people, I then considered Nordic Walking as a great opportunity for improving my health as the poles help with stability and reduces pressure on the joints.
Having learned Nordic Walking, I realised that many people would improve their health, like myself and being in a forest is good for your mental health also. So regular walks can increase your life expectancy, improve the strength of our muscles and bones, reduce our blood pressure and increases our level of ‘good’ cholesterol.
from members of WALX On the Chase
'I love walking but needed a challenge and was introduced to Nordic walking by a friend on a 'Bring your Friend for Free' taster. It's a great way to get a full-body workout and walk in the fresh air with fantastic scenery. Using poles improves your posture whilst working muscles all over your body. It has been better for me than going to the gym as I like being outdoors. Jon is a great teacher and provides challenging walks that all abilities can enjoy. You feel a great sense of achievement once you have completed them. A great way to get fit!'
Freedom to roam in the fresh air! “I love the variety in Nordic walking – it can be a chance to challenge yourself on hill climbs and longer walks or it can be chance to absorb the ever-changing scenery of the Chase on a shorter walk. Nordic Walking helps me physically and mentally – I enjoy the exercise of walking with poles and taking on the challenges of hills (I choose to do the hills – not every walk has them!) and I find being outside in nature really helps me to relax.”
Exercising in the great outdoors, good for the mind, body and soul! Seeing new things, birds and deer. Sunrise and sunset walks are stunning which brings great joy! Helping you keep fit using new techniques. No walk is ever the same, so many things to see in nature and a different experience every time!
WALX on The Chase is exploring the chase while improving your health. My favourite is aspect is being able to explore the Chase and be outdoors and also being able to book onto any walk and meet so many friendly people. Even though I have only been a member for a month I have already attended more walks than me ever walking into a gym in a year. After a fair few years of joining gyms and paying for memberships that I’ve never used I decided to give Nordic Walking a try.
I have made some lovely friends through WALX. Having a booked slot means that I can prioritise going out regardless of the chores or work waiting at home or the weather. Walking part of the South Shropshire Way was a highlight. I love the fresh air, increased fitness, spending time with lovely people and the scenery.
I’m probably one of the oldest members of the group at over 70 but there is always a walk to suit me and even if I slow down at the hills, I always feel part of the group and by the end of every walk, rain or shine I feel at least 20 years younger. Nordic Walking is walking at another level, exercising upper and lower body and helped by the unique poles. Spending time outside in a stunning and varied location, exercising the whole body while relaxing with a variety of friends. The combination of outdoor exercise, a sense of adventure, fun and friendship is a winner, life-changing and such fun
I joined WALX on The Chase around a year ago because I wanted to do something that wasn’t running but got me outdoors. I suffer from sciatica so was looking for something fairly low impact. I love being outdoors and get a huge amount both physically and mentally from being at one with nature. I find exercising on my own a bit boring and love the social aspect of WALX on The Chase. We meet up on a Saturday morning, have a pretty good workout walk and then some of us go for a cuppa at the end. What more could you ask for to start your weekend! Nordic walking has been provided to be as beneficial if not more so than running because you are working your upper body as well as your lower body and I get more out of breath Nordic Walking than I do running. Jon has a great group of people who regularly walk and we have become friends and would like to welcome more people into the group. The benefit of WALX on The Chase is that it can be tailored to each ability and there are different style walks available to cater for everyone, it is a game-changer in so many ways.
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