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Nordic Walking Courses Launched in Peterlee

County Durham and Darlington's Get Active Team is encouraging local residents to follow in their footsteps as they bring a new fitness technique to Peterlee - Nordic Walking.

And to encourage people to take their first steps in the technique, the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust team has organised six free introduction courses. With the first course starting next Tuesday, 1st May.

Lauren Lang, Health Improvement Practitioner for the NHS Trust said: "Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking. It is a whole body exercise which is associated with a number of health benefits. It makes use of specially designed poles to enhance the natural walking experience.  It is a fun and social form of exercise and has been proven to burn 46% more calories than normal walking.

"We've set up a series of Nordic Walking Introduction Courses. The four week courses are free of charge and a great opportunity to learn the correct Nordic Walking technique. At the end of the four week course you then have the opportunity to progress into a weekly Nordic Walking group."

Nordic walkers use poles as they walk, and so their upper body muscles get involved as well as the legs. The poles help to propel the walker along - this means the walker works harder than usual, yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier,

The sessions take place at the Pavilion in Peterlee from 1:30pm - 2:30pm.  The introduction courses run on the following dates:


  • May 1st - May 22nd 2012
  • June 12th - July 3rd 2012
  • July 10th - July 31st 2012
  • August 7th - August 28th 2012
  • September 4th - September 25th 2012
  • November 6th - November 27th 2012


For more information on the Get Active Get Walking programme please contact Lauren Lang (Health Improvement Practitioner) on 0191 5692847 or via email


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