Nordic Walking East Kent is run by people who are passionate about the importance of movement in shaping the quality of all our lives.
Study after study demonstrates that people who lead physically active lives have fewer health conditions, are happier and even live longer than those who do not. The difficulty is that despite all appearances to the contrary, the Department of Health reports that only 40% of men and 28% of women in the UK currently achieve the recommended minimum of 2.5 hours each week.
Nordic Walking East Kent is part of a larger project being developed to design innovative approaches to physical activity which capture public interest, increase participation and improve both physical and psychological health.
Nordic Walking provides an excellent example of an activity which appeals to those who claim they “hate exercise”. Low impact and requiring relatively few motor skills beyond normal walking, it is attractive to those who have a poor level of physical fitness, or who fear being intimidated by more competent practitioners of exercise in traditional environments such as gyms and exercise studios. It is also an activity which provides an outlet for the socially gregarious, another factor influencing exercise adherence.
As a Nordic Walking UK Delivery Partner, Nordic Walking East Kent delivers a programme which has been rolled out in similar projects across the country, a programme which has been commissioned by numerous organisations, including:
- NHS GP exercise referral schemes
- primary care trusts
- local authority and Community Wellness schemes
- non-statutory sector organisations such as Age UK and Age Concern
- private sector organisations such as Marks & Spencer
The Nordic Walking UK programme includes modules or components which are designed to meet the needs of a range of different client groups, including those managing on-going health conditions such as diabetes and cardio-vascular disease, those undergoing stroke rehabilitation and the clinically obese. There are also groups for those wanting to maintain or improve fitness.
We have a small, but growing team of fully qualified leaders and instructors, including a Level 3 Exercise Referral Specialist and a UKCP-registered Psychotherapist.
We organise Nordic Walking courses, classes and walks at locations in, or close to the following towns;
- Herne Bay
- Minster (Sheppey)
We are committed not only to training and keeping up-to-date with research in the field, but also where possible, to making our own original contribution to that research as we track the physical and psychological outcomes of our clients. A current example of this is the development of our own BodyMind module, which combines Nordic Walking with Mindfulness and CBT approaches and is designed to support those with mental health conditions.
We would also be interested in hearing from academics, NHS and other agencies looking to collaborate on more formal clinical research.