Walking is the easiest, most accessible, cost effective, and enjoyable way for most people to increase their physical activity.
A new website - walk4life could be the answer.
The Walk4Life website has thousands of walks, and you can add your own routes and share them with others! What is innovative about the site is the use of OS maps as well as an easy-to-use mapping tool (there is even a video to help you get started).
You can add walks of any length or type - including your regular walks to work, the shops or school, health walks, a weekend stroll, or longer routes over the fells. Cumbria's Countryside Access team are supporting the project and have submitted the "miles without stiles" routes, designed to have as few barriers as possible.
Each time you complete a walk the site records your miles, building up a record of your walking activity. You will soon be able to set yourself a challenge, like walking 50 miles before your next birthday!
Some of the walking routes are special "fitness test" routes - these are 1 mile long, uninterrupted, fairly flat and barrier-free routes. If you time yourself walking the mile and take your pulse at the end, your fitness log will track your improving fitness levels!
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Nordic Walking is a fast growing activity that can be done by anybody, anywhere. It uses specially designed walking poles to engage the upper body, take the pressure off lower body joints and effectively turn a walk into a workout. It's ideal for those who are not keen or able to do typical exercise but also great for people who simply want to be active outdoors and get maximum results in a short space of time. It uses 90% of the skeletal muscles.
NWUK are the leading authority on the technique and provide training and support for their Instructors. They have also developed ready made programmes to help the Instructors deliver to different markets e.g. weight loss, well being and ultimate Nordic circuits are some examples of these. The training provided is suitable for people from any background but is comprehensive enough to be recognised as a full fitness instruction qualification. For those already fitness qualified, only a practical course is required.
If you fancy setting up a local group, workplace activity or becoming an Instructor yourself - find out more here or by calling Kaye on 0845 260 9339
If you would like to try Nordic walking you can find your local NWUK Instructor here
There are 32 opportunities listed on the Physical Activity Directory. To view local opportunities please select your local area.
The new Walk4Life website has thousands of Walks.
Terry McSorley, Age UK Barrow & District, 01229 831425
Julie Sharkey, 01768 800350 - Cumbria CVS Office
Furness Ramblers - 01229 830155
Lake District National Park provide a wide range of guided walks ranging from easy (2-3 miles) to hard (9 miles) the majority are free
Jean Judd, Walk Leader, 07795000966/01768 885855
Paul Saager, Scheme Co-ordinator, 01768 88702
Veronica MacGloin, 017684 82634,
Meet at Penrith Rugby Club Car Park, Wed 9.00 - 9.30
Jim Burns, 01786 896557
Dawdles Project – social walk around Kirkby Stephen
Kirkby Stephen - Thursday 10:30 Market Square
Ann Sandell, 017683 71976
Helen Sturges, Scheme Coordinator, 016974 78556
Barbara Stoddart, 01697342452
Gwyn Lloyd, Co-ordinator/Walk Leader, 01900 829579
Claire Dobson, Active for Life coordinator, 01946 828100
Ewen Cameron, Walk Leader, 07929833528
Ramblers Grange over Sands, 015395 36455
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