Remote Nordic Walking Class 14

Mary Tweed
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Thank you for joining me again for another remote class.  I do hope that you are finding these lessons useful and inspiring.  I hope that you are healthy and safe and managing to find ways to remain positive during this lockdown.  Today's lesson is focusing on rotation.

I love teaching rotation; it is my favourite technique point. It reminds me to when I learnt how to Nordic Walk for the first time and everything came together for me when I reached this point.  Suddenly, I felt the 'flow' of Nordic Walking, I gained a spring in my step and I almost had the feeling that I was dancing.  It was a magical moment.


It is the rotation that enables you to extend your arm to its utmost point, thus gaining maximum benefit of switching on the large muscle groups in the upper body.  Rotation also encourages the muscles in the shoulder and neck to continually contract and release, thus reducing tension in these areas.  When you rotate, your spine experiences a counter rotation, as the pelvis also rotates, but in the opposite way to your shoulders.  This action works the oblique and lateral muscles that support the lower back - you will feel it on your waist - so it is brilliant for preventing lower back problems.

If you are walking with an active foot, your shoulders will naturally be rotating slightly. We are simply going to bring our attention to that rotation and embrace the inner supermodel that resides inside us all, in order to strut your stuff. I hope you enjoy the lesson.


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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