Pole walking

Locals meet at West Esplanade to try out the Nordic Walking taster session put on by Rural Health. Picture: Jelena Potpara.

Health. Nordic Walking is the latest craze to hit Circular Head, with locals stepping out on to pavements equipped with poles strapped to their wrists.

The low-impact, big-result exercise has been introduced to the community by Rural Health, with free taster sessions offered over the past week.

Rural Health’s Karen Cardillo said the fun form of walking gives residents the option of adding to existing fitness regimes or starting a new type of exercise.

She said the beauty of the technique is that it can be suited to every fitness level: those with impaired mobility to people training for triathlons.

Cross-country skiers who found they were not working out as much in the summer months are behind the exercise.

Ms Cardillo said research proves 90 per cent of the body’s muscles are activated during the activity, burning 46 per cent more calories than regular walking.

To date, everybody who has tried the taster session has signed up for ongoing walks, Ms Cardillo said, adding that she is also onboard.

“It’s an energetic walking, and I feel that I’ve really walked and used almost every part of my body,” she said. “It’s fun, it’s something different.”

The next free taster session will meet at West Esplanade on Saturday May 31 at 10am.

Ms Cardillo asked those interested to book ahead of time to ensure enough poles are brought along to the session.

For more information or to book your spot phone Rural Health on 6452 1266.

Future sessions will incur a small cost to cover the cost of the poles.

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