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High Peak CVS goes Nordic Walking

We are living through unprecedented times and like many organisations have been doing our best to navigate the strange new worlds of Zoom, Skype, Webinars and teleconferencing and while we have all learned some new skills and had some fun with the new technology, thereís no substitute for face-to-face contact with your teammates Ė albeit at a safe social distance. So when local Nordic Walking expert Phill Alcock of Derbyshire based fitness organisation Lifefit offered us the chance to try out the sport for ourselves, we jumped at it.

The team spent an enjoyable afternoon in Whaley Bridge Memorial Park getting to grips with the basic techniques, all under Philís expert eye and learning about the huge health benefits that Nordic Walking can bring.

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Phill said  "I have Nordic Walking classes for Parkinson's, Arthritis, in fact anyone with movement issues plus the able bodied. In addition, weight management, balance and fitness for the over 55ís."

Phil is currently working with High Peak CVS to develop new self-help walking groups in Whaley and Buxton under the banner of 'Cando'. Cando aims to enable members to lose weight, increase fitness and improve mental health without the aid of gyms or special clothing. Phill added "We are currently piloting a course in readiness for any Government campaigns, which would include Eco therapy walks with or without poles."

Groupís development worker Rob Baker said "HPCVS are delighted to be working with Phill on this exciting project. The team have seen first-hand how Nordic Walking can benefit not only fitness but improve mental health as well". 

Keep tabs on the HPCVS website and social media channels for more information about Cando and Nordic Walking in the coming days.

If you are interested in getting started with Nordic Walking in the High Peak then you can get in touch with Phill at britishnordicwalking.org.uk/pages/phill-alcock

You can find general information about the benefits of Nordic Walking on the British Nordic Walking website and facebook page www.facebook.com/britishnordicwalking

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