By Gill Stewart at
Lockdown 2 eh? – Nothing will stop our groups from MOVING!
Yes, our amazing groups around the UK obviously love to meet up and have socially distanced fun on group walks but they also understand the need to quash this virus too. They also know how good it feels to move well and connect with others and that simply will not stop!
So, just like the last Lockdown, we are all working together to make sure that our unique mix of motivation and socialising has moved on line with some effective EXERCISING thrown in too.
Within hours of the news breaking our Instructors were busy planning how to keep in touch with their groups and fun ways to add challenges or ways to make solo walks effective.
Tracy Reeve from Watford Nordic Walking has once again added a virtual relay challenge that other groups can join in with whilst Rebecca Wheatley from Norfolk NW is telling her walkers to pack their virtual rucksacks in order to GET THEIR STICKS ON ROUTE 66 with a walk across the USA!
WALX Coast and Country set up a lockdown fitness challenge to encourage people to do 200 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week in order to exceed the Chief Medical Officers recommendation of 150 minutes – they even took videos of their walkers pledging to take part.
Other groups are asking for themed photographs or for people to seek out certain items on their solo walks – for the WALX Wessex group it was Fungi whilst WALX Dorset featured their Rivers of Remembrance images.
Mercian NW are doing a variety of indoor challenges including dusting old exercise kit of for a CV workout and the group from All Seasons NW waved to us at HQ as they went past virtually on their South West Coast path challenge – see picture below
We have a network of people with a range of amazing skills (Yoga, Pilates, Body Pump, Tai Chi etc) they are pitching together to make sure that group members can access the type of sessions that will really work for them – wherever they are
Using our WALX virtual platform (built during lockdown 1 ) the groups are working together to promote a range of innovative workouts for all levels to their walkers
Martin Christie founder of Nordic Walking UK held a Stretching Masterclass which was shared by Instructors to their groups and it was great to see over 100 people learning how to best prepare your body for their solo walks during Lockdown. Martin said “We know how difficult it is without an Instructor to guide you through your warm up and cool down routines so we thought we would run through the moves and explain why they are so vital ” In the session, Martin explained how the mobility drills help lubricate your joints, prepare muscles and gently elevate the heart rate before finishing with some detailed stretching techniques. The session was really well received with Walkers commenting
“I did enjoy Martin’s session. It felt like a good workout and stretch. Next week’s is ‘Check my Tech’ apparently so I will join that one.” Bev
“I really enjoyed the session as it explained a lot about correct stretching and getting the most out of the stretches. Hopefully the yoga on Wednesday will help with the aches and pains I will definitely have, as I have been working some very neglected parts of my body!!! “Mary
Click HERE to book in (you will need to register and complete the medical questionnaire if you have not used our Exercise Anywhere booking portal before)
If you have used our portal before but joined a virtual class this might help you…………
Tips for first timers – Joining the session
Over the first lockdown, Exercise Anywhere, the team behind WALX and Nordic Walking UK, created a platform to share pre-recorded exercise videos and provide smooth access to the myriad virtual sessions being provided by instructors nationwide. If you haven’t used this platform to date, follow the instructions below:
Once you have used this process once, you no longer need to search for confirmation emails; you can book all walks, classes and virtual sessions in the booking system and ALL your booked virtual sessions will be visible in the Virtual WALX site, ready for you to just click Join.