I really enjoy my Nordic Walking with helpful instructors and friendly members to support me.
Although I don't go as often as some other members, I try to walk at least once a week as this has helped my health. I have Broncheactasis and would frequently suffer with chest infections but since walking regularly I have been clear of infection for over a year.
Thank you ladies
— Jean Gray
"If you like the idea of Nordic Walking, if you haven't tried Nordic Walking or if you are just intrigued by the name, then Jane’s your woman! Nordic Walking is fun, inspirational and challenging. Walking briskly with the whole body, by using the poles, is very exhilarating and it gets your heart pumping, your blood flowing and you into the fresh air and countryside. When I am Nordic Walking I forget about my day, my worries and the things that niggle and just enjoy being out and about and really working my body. With Jane (and our poles) I have thoroughly explored the local area and even been on several “adventure walks” through Abbots Langley, Nash Mills, Whippendale Woods and beyond. I love Nordic Walking and my only regret is that I didn’t discover it sooner. I do Nordic Walking with Jane on a regular basis, once a week, and have found it really beneficial to have a trained instructor who pushes you just that bit further and includes various exercises using the poles, in addition to the actual walking. Nordic Walking has been a fantastic addition to my exercise programme for a number of reasons: it is more strenuous than an everyday walk, it is good for your heart and blood pressure, it is good for your upper body, especially your arms and shoulders and being outside has an almost spiritual quality, as admiring the scenery takes your mind off the exercise :-) Thank you, Jane."
— Lisa Stone
"Just to let you know I'm still Nordic Walking every day, sometimes twice a day. I absolutely love it and can't bear to walk without my poles as I seem to walk so slowly without them! I try very hard to push it every day for a 45min-1 hour walk with Dollie. I'm pushing it a bit more each day, now able to do a cross between Gears 2 & 4, and double poles I love! I can't quite make a pure Gear 3 I'm afraid, the best I make is a new "Heather" Gear 2.5 ha ha!!
Don't know if I told you this, but I've toned up all over, have lost nearly a stone and 1 1/2 " off my stomach (weight I put on after my surgery!) and my arms have never been so toned. I think this is mostly down to my daily Nordic Walks, as I just don't have the time to go the gym more than once a week (twice if I'm lucky!), I'm eating sensibly but haven't cut anything out. It's a no brainer, if you walk you might as well gain the extra benefit of pushing yourself with the poles, pushing the heart harder and burning more cals! I keep telling people to give it a try!
I just wanted to thank you for introducing me to Nordic Walking, it has made me walk so much faster, and when I'm on level ground, and trying to push myself hard, I almost run, it's the closest I've ever come to flying!"
— Heather Darvill-Urquhart
"I used to enjoy running but due to health problems I was advised not to for a while. I had lost a lot of fitness so Jane suggested giving Nordic walking a try.
It is really easy to cover quite a distance in one session and afterwards you can feel it's given you an all over work out. I really like it and Jane is an excellent teacher.
Apart from a few curious stares from teenagers no-one seems to take much notice when you're out with the poles. It is quite hard work at first but is worth it as I feel I've had a really thorough work out. It's a also a lot kinder on my back and neck than running."
— Julie O'Keeffe
— Sharon Walsh
I completed Jane’s course in May and since then have walked regularly with Nordic Walking Watford. Jane’s enthusiasm for Nordic Walking is infectious and credit also goes to Sharon and Jackie who lead many of the walks. They not only make sure that we don’t get lost (well not yet!) but are always there to motivate and give advice on how to improve technique to get the best from the walks.
It’s great to be exercising outdoors, whilst enjoying the countryside and meeting new people. It’s definitely improving my fitness, has helped to lower my blood pressure and I certainly feel happier. I am so pleased I found Nordic walking!
— Liz Newman
I will never not Nordic walk, it's a joy not a chore" "It's so true.... You can use any of my words to tell others how brilliant Nordic walking is!"
— Gaynor Baldwin
"I recently finished the ‘Learn to Nordic Walk Technique Course’ with Jane, she is very encouraging in her teaching technique.
Since then ….. I love the walks, I’m finding beautiful places I didn’t know existed in my local area. I like the club feel, walking
with others and meeting new people. Apart from all that I’m getting fitter and losing weight."
— Helen Peebles
"Having taken up Nordic walking in June 2014 with my husband, in an effort to get fitter and lose some weight, we have achieved both goals and now thoroughly enjoy regular walks in the evenings and at weekends. The variety of Wellbeing, Workout and Adventure routes has kept us coming back for more and I was pleased to have the opportunity to train as a walk leader with NWUK. The dark evenings and cold weather hasn't put either of us off, but we do look forward to spring and summer when we can get back into the fields and woodlands - there is so much countryside on our doorstep! With a sedentary day job and not getting any younger, Nordic Walking has proved to be an ideal exercise routine and social activity. Why not come and join us? You will love it!"
— Ann Saffery
"I never knew what beautiful countryside surrounded me until I met Jane and started walking with poles. Almost three years on and it's the reason I force myself out on cold dark nights to feel better. I have met some wonderful people and never fail to have a good laugh instead of sitting in front of the TV. Thank you Jane for all of this"