Remote Exercise Class 23 - Movement

Katharine Green
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Hello and welcome back, thank you for joining me today.


This week we are thinking about Movement. Movement affects everything, from our circulation to digestion, metabolism and immunity.

Modern life means we do not use our bodies in the way that they were designed for. Most of the time we tend to only use it in one direction, sitting on a chair, climbing stairs, looking at a computer up and down. Whereas our bodies are designed to move in 3 directions. Certain muscles tend get overused while others don't get used enough. The hip flexor is the perfect example, it becomes shortened from sitting for too long, and our glutes become weakened. This is why the exercises in our Nordic Walking classes are so important, whether they are balance or strength, it's about using as many muscles as possible, to keep them strong and lengthened.


It's about finding ways to have as much movement in our day and have as much variety as possible. This is why I love to hear when walkers are doing other forms of exercise as well as Nordic Walking, whether it be yoga or pilates, swimming or the gym, gardening or golf, it all helps add to the variety of our movement.


Most importantly we shouldn't sit for too long, we need to keep as active as possible.


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These workouts have been designed for clients of Nordic Walking East Anglia, who have all been taught the correct Nordic Walking technique by a qualified British Nordic Walking Instructor.  They have also been shown how to perform these exercises in face to face lessons; this film is merely a prompt. Individuals participate in these exercises at their own risk and must ensure they have adequate and non-slip floor space in which to participate and agree that they have no health concerns that prevent them from taking part.  These exercises are designed to be carried out outside, however, if individuals perform the warm-up and cool-down sessions indoors there is a danger of collision with or damage to furniture, light fittings, etc. as well as potential for injury.

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