Nordic Walking for Personal Trainers

Personal Trainers – Nordic Walking for Personal Trainers workshop only £65!

Nordic Walking UK is delivering its Nordic Walking for Personal Trainers workshop at University of Wolverhampton on Thurs 16 Feb 2017, and has secured subsidised places for Personal Trainers who book the course before Fri 13 Jan – this workshop costs only £65!*

Nordic walking is the ideal outdoor tool for clients who shouldn’t be running. For fitter clients, high intensity training with poles is the perfect outdoor cross-trainer, eliciting a greater heart rate than running!

To book your place, click to HERE 

Important booking notes:
1. For Student Number, enter NWUK
2. For Degree Course, enter External

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*NB: this is a one-off price offer and this is not a Nordic Walking Instructor course.

 

Christmas gifts for Nordic walkers!

Christmas Gifts from Nordic Walking UKXmas Gifts for Nordic Walkers – our expert guide!

We know how difficult it is to choose a present for somebody when you may not fully understand the activity or hobby that interests them, so we’ve put together a simple guide to buying presents for the Nordic Walker in your family!

Read on to be inspired and to make sure you get it right…

POLES

Rule number one is NEVER buy fixed length poles for a somebody who has not yet tried Nordic Walking or has only recently started it. Choose ADJUSTABLE or for added quality go for EXTENDABLE poles.

The only time this would not apply is if they intend to travel a lot with their poles and in that case you may need to consider buying them some traveller or TELESCOPIC poles.

The leki 'shark' system allows for easy attachment to the pole

The leki ‘shark’ system allows for easy attachment to the pole

Your next decision will be on price and quality and these of course go hand in hand! The key components to look out for are the type of straps, adjustment mechanism and of course the material that makes up the pole shaft. In short, the more carbon content the better but these days there are some amazing non carbon poles on the market. When it comes to straps, there are two types of click in systems (how they are fixed to the pole) The Leki shark system (pictured) is a small loop between the thumb and forefinger whilst the plastic ‘trigger’ fixing is more widely found and in the case of Gabel poles really comfortable too. Pole handles vary too with cork being a popular choice. For people who want to use poles for stability and exercise but are perhaps not so keen on mastering full Nordic walking technique – the EXERSTRIDER strapless poles are always a great option too. If you are unsure – call the experts at Nordic Walking UK on 0333 1234 540 – we can talk you through the perfect gift and also get it sent to you in 24 hours! We have a no quibble returns policy if you get it wrong too!

ACCESSORIESsimi bike light

Nordic walkers need to be hands free so they carry their essentials in backpacks or waist bags but these need to be neat so as to not disrupt the lovely swinging arm movement. Our range ensure that BACKPACKS are nice and slim and waist bags come in variations according to how much people want to carry.  See

Other essentials are flexible soled waterproof SHOES, high viz GILETS and LIGHTS, special Nordic walking GLOVES and BAGS for carrying and storing Nordic walking poles.True Mountain neck warmer

Finally, a keen Nordic walker will want to know the full techniques so the NWUK BOOK is always a good bet along with stocking fillers such a TICK REMOVER CARDS and NECK WARMERS

 

To help you get it right…

We have put together a range of gifts that will suit everybody from the Nordic Walking enthusiast to an absolute beginner who fancies giving it a try.

So, don’t get stuck for ideas this Christmas, just browse our Nordic Walking inspired gift packs or simply select a voucher and let your loved ones choose for themselves!

THE ULTIMATE ‘GETTING STARTED’ GIFT PACK Only £99

xmas voucher book polesShow somebody you really care by giving them everything they need to take up Nordic walking. Combine our informative book with a NWUK ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ course  with their nearest delivery partner instructor AND their own pair of Gabel Nordic walking poles. This course will ensure they master Nordic walking technique and get the results they want – it comes complete with the NWUK freedom card which provides a host of benefits and will enable them to join walks and events across the UK

Gift includes:-

  • Complete guide to Nordic Walking
  • a pair Gabel stretch Lite poles
  • A NWUK ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ course
  • NWUK Freedom card

CLICK HERE TO BUY


 

BASIC BEGINNERS PACKonly £59.00

xmas gift book and polesA thoughtful gift for somebody who fancies giving Nordic Walking a try – our easy to follow Complete Guide will help them to grasp the basics and help them get the most from their fully adjustable poles. A great gift for all levels.

Gift includes:-

  • The complete Guide to Nordic Walking
  • a Pair of Gabel Nordic walking poles

CLICK HERE TO BUY


 

NORDIC WALKING WINTER ACCESSORIES  PACK £45.00

xmas gift gloves, light and waistpackNo Nordic walker would turn down this pack of goodies which will help them stay safe and comfortable during the winter months.The Gabel gloves fit snugly into any make of Nordic Walking straps and are padded in all the right places! The little flexible light will fix onto poles, backpacks and even clothing – choose red for back and white for the front! Complete the pack with a nifty little waist belt that keeps valuables, phone and keys close to hand and safe whilst out walking, it’s comfy too in soft flexible neoprene.

CLICK HERE TO BUY


 

NORDIC WALKING GIFT VOUCHERS

gift voucherIf you would rather let your loved ones choose their own gift options we can arrange everything from tuition with a local Instructor to a new career as an Instructor themselves!

Or maybe something smaller like a pair of poles or any of our clothing shoes and accessories?

We have £5.00, £10.00 and £50.00 options available on line but we are more than happy to do bespoke amounts and agree whether they can spend on courses or within the store – you choose!

The Vouchers are available on the gift packages page  – click HERE– or call us to build your perfect pressie! 0333 1234 540

 MORE bottle uprightSTOCKING FILLERS

If you are seeking some Nordic style stocking fillers, our Elves tell us that replacement paws, gloves, pad butlers and socks are the most popular items this year but who will be able to resist our special purple branded water bottles which come with the strapline ‘Turn a walk into a workout!’ and are only £6.95 – check out our full range of items from shoes to backpacks HERE

UK Nordic Walkers enjoy the sun in Seville!

Festival poster outside the Bull Ring in central Seville

Festival poster outside the Bull Ring in central Seville

Nordic Walkers from across the UK joined the NWUK team to take part in the first World festival of Nordic Walking in the stunning Spanish cities of Seville and Carmona from the 24th – 27th Septembermass walk start 2 seville 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing for a night time historical walk

Preparing for a night time historical walk

They took part in a range of Walks, Workshops and Masterclass sessions and attended presentations about a host of interesting subjects from rehabilitation to equipment research and development.

The ancient city or Carmona threw open its doors and offered access to its finest buildings and open spaces including a Roman market place, stunning shaded area designed for elegant promenading Ladies in the days of old plus an ornate theatre and the gateway to the Roman Citadel.

seville marketplaceEach day the festival goers were given vouchers to enjoy Tapas in participating Bars and social evenings included Drinks on the Roman terrace of the Citadel, Flamenco and a roof top restaurant overlooking the Cathedral  in Seville. The finale was a mass walk in the Maria Luisa Park in Seville where locals joined the Nordic walkers to complete three laps before going through the finishing arch and enjoying a celebratory breakfast in the most awesome of locations.22414603977_e9d9848e4e_o

Photos of the whole event can be seen here. The most popular workshop by far was the ‘speed date’ with the World masters below where each demonstrated their technique for 30 minutes. groups of 15 participants moved from one to the other until they had completed a two and half hour Masterclass!

Leading NW Experts from L to R - Marko Kantaneva, Arja Jalkenen- Meyer, Itsik Levy, Tom Rutlin and Fabio Moretti

Leading NW Experts from L to R – Marko Kantaneva, Arja Jalkenen- Meyer, Itsik Levy, Tom Rutlin and Fabio Moretti

A massive achievement by both presenters and participants as the temperature soared to over 40 degrees towards the end. It was great to see such iconic names as Tom Rutlin and Marko Kanteneva (both heralded as original pioneers of pole walking) working together to make this a fun packed informative event.  Next year the Festival will be 23 – 27 NOVEMBER (tbc) so watch this space for information about next years event or keep your eyes on our new event search here22833000615_6631731d4f_o

The organisers have already made some important changes following feedback and suggestions from the first festival. The 2016 event will be in a central Seville location where the presentations and workshops are a stones throw from the luxury accommodation and festival ‘hub’. The Nordic walks schedule will be managed by NWUK experts and a simple booking/registration process is also planned. group bookings and discounts will apply so start planning now for an experience of a lifetime.

Become a NWUK Instructor – Join our amazing network

IMG-20150424-00430Demand for Nordic Walking is higher than ever and we need brilliant motivating Instructors to deliver our programmes and set up groups across the UK.

If you are a people person who loves being outdoors  – we want to hear from you, whatever your age or background.

Join our growing band of Instructors who offer classes for everybody from schools to falls prevention centres. NWUK Instructors are NOT simply technique coaches, they are fitness professionals with a range of skills. We offer a full training pathway to ensure that each and every Instructor is a minimum level 2 fitness qualified and have access to the support they need in order to succeed. If you book your course before the end of November 2015 we will also give you a pair of Nordic walking poles (RRP £59.95) FREE of charge.

NWUK Instructor training is suitable for all levels and comprises of the following:-

  • An on line module for those who are not currently fitness professionals which covers:-
    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • The principles of fitness
    • Safe exercise intensity for every individual
    • Preparation of the body for activity
  • A two day practical course with our expert Tutors ( all qualified and experienced in NW delivery)
    • Nordic Walking technique and fault correction
    • Adaptation for the level of the client
    • Class organisation
    • Route planning & leadership
    • Health and Safety
  • An assessment which is externally verified to ensure standards

OUR SUPPORT STRUCTUREfreedom-card-benefits-2015

We believe that those who wish to set up as independent Instructors also need help to get started and we offer additional training, mentoring and tools to help them to succeed. These include:-

  • 4 business training modules – from marketing, sales and social media to strategies for growth.
  • Use of our branded programmes including our FREEDOM passport scheme and associated benefits for your clients
  • Personalised website plus representation on regional & national search & booking portals
  • On line booking system, inclusive of DD membership collection and customer management & communication tools
  • Regional and central mentoring and support – including I.T.
  • Marketing tool kit with all promotional & professional resources editable for personalisation
  • Opportunities to deliver on NWUK workplace & community contracts.
  • A dedicated PR team that manage regional and national magazine & press – see what we achieve here

Our intention is to help Instructors to fast track their way to building fantastic sessions and lively sociable groups without having to think through how to structure their classes, promote themselves, manage the financials and all those other complications that come as standard with self employment. Our experts have thought it all through so all you need to do is be an amazing Instructor and help us to get more people more active.

ADDITIONAL MODULES & QUALIFICATIONS

So many people can benefit from Nordic Walking and that’s why we have also developed modules and qualifications to ensure our instructors are suitably skilled to deliver programmes to children, older adults and those with medical conditions.

Our vision is simple – train and support amazing Instructors to deliver quality programmes in communities, schools, hospitals and workplaces and give them the tools, PR and skills they need to succeed.

Call us on 0333 1234 540 to chat through a personal plan for you or e mail training@nordicwalking.co.uk to find out more. We offer payment plans that can include your whole plan right through to exercise referral plus any business support you need. We always try to ensure that new Instructors work closely with existing ones to enhance the Nordic walking in an area and create a motivated team approach!

Here are two testimonials that were sent to NWUK about one Instructor who qualified with us earlier this year.

“Within a few weeks of starting Nordic Walking with Ian, I noticed a huge improvement to a shoulder problem I have had for some time. The NW technique with poles has given me a workout for my shoulders without even realising it. Together with the stretches in the ‘warm up’ I have regained almost all range of movement in my ‘bad’ shoulder. More importantly, I have been able to use my shoulder without pain. What a fantastic and enjoyable way to get fit. Thanks Ian.”

“A propos of my gardening the week before last: after just over 4 weeks learning to Nordic Walk coming to you as a just retired tired unfit 76 year old, I was able to dig over my 3 veg plots and dig out my compressed compost heap for use. Thank you for the reinvigorated strength in my core, legs and arms. Sue”

If you fancy making this kind of difference to peoples lives…get in touch with us today! 0333 1234 540

Sing a song of Nordic…..

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How good can Nordic Walking make you feel?

Check out this song that was put together by Ian Northcott one of our Delivery partners with the help from the amazing ladies from Core Concept Nordic Walkers and their Instructor Sam Armstrong. Guaranteed to make you smile!

You may also know that Ian is also famous for being the ‘Busking Bobby‘ and is Chairman of the charity Socks and Chocs so if you enjoyed the song……feel free to donate!

MAD SUMMER SALE – massive reductions on poles, gloves, bags & more

Nordic Walking UK SaleThings are hotting up in our retail Dept. as we make way for the new TRUE MOUNTAIN clothing and exciting new winter stock so take advantage NOW of our mad summer clear out!

Here are just some of the things on offer…………….

 

Travelling poles from £39.95 a pair (Gabel Tour XT or FUSION) – SOLD OUT
SAVE over £20

Gabel Tour XT

Gabel Tour XT

  • 2 pairs for only £69.95
  • 3 pairs for only £99.00

If you are going on holiday – this will pop in any small bag or case and are as light as a feather

The Gabel Fusion even comes with optional trekking handles and a range of paws and baskets to enable you to adapt for different activities

Other offers include:-

Gloves from only £12.50 a pair (Men’s and Ladies – several styles – SAVE up to £12.50 Hurry though! – Click here to buy

Our unique BOOK – The Complete Guide to Nordic Walking only £12.95 SAVE £7.50 Click here to buy

WOW ! Nordic Tech Carbon extendable poles only £59.95 – SAVE £40  WOW! Click here to buy

Gabel single pair pole bag to keep your poles in good condition and make them easy to transport – comes with shoulder strap. Only £9.95  SAVE £10 – Click here to buy

Gabel handy waist bag – ideal for carrying water, phone keys and etc – Only £9.95 SAVE £10 – Click here to buy

Stock limited on many sale items so buy NOW on line HERE or by calling 0333 1234 540 (leave a message if the lines are busy and we will get back to you as with offers like these we expect to be busy busy busy!

Sorry we can not apply FREEDOM PASS discounts or include other offers on these amazing reductions.

Join us for a festival of Nordic walking in Seville!

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We are delighted to be hosting an amazing FESTIVAL of Nordic Walking which is to be held in SEVILLE next September ( 23rd – 27th)

We have had massive interest from Nordic Walkers worldwide and the event is destined to be a huge part of the world Nordic walking calendar! You can now view the event website HERE

Seville and Carmona are amazing historical Cities and we are in no doubt that this stunning location is the perfect choice for people from around the World to get together to enjoy walks, presentations, social events and workshops.DSCN3039

Here’s just a taste of what will be happening:-

Choice of at least 4 main walks per day – choose from themes like:-

  • Produce of Andolucia – wander through the Olive & Orange Groves
  • History Tours – Discover the rich variety of these ancient Cities that have rich Roman and Moorish influences – includes Roman baths and a Necropolis.
  • Wine tours – find out why the area has been popular with so many cultures over the years! – These unique wines taste of the sunshine.
  • Talk and Tapas – follow the trail to discover typical dishes of the area in traditional bars decorated with Serrano hams and scenes of flamenco dancers.

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  • Daily Workout walk classes
  • Ski fitness sessions
  • Masterclass sessions with worldwide experts
  • Mindful Nordic walking relaxation sessions
  • Stability for mobility – older adult balance and effective walking

COME  and JOIN IN

  • Have a go at other fun outdoor activities.
  • Explore the Nordic walking marketplace with stalls from the top manufacturers and retailers of poles, clothing, accessories
  • Meet Nordic Walkers from around the World
  • Join us for social events in the warm eveningsNWUK-Conference-2014-49

If you are NEW to Nordic Walking, worry not, as we are also offering the chance to attend the festival and complete your Learn to Nordic Walk course in the sun with the NWUK team. A great opportunity to gain your NWUK FREEDOM card and meet up with your local Nordic Walkers too!

The event will end with a mass walk around the City of Seville or for the more competitive, the choice of taking part in an organised Nordic Walking race (Distances to be agreed).

The event website is packed with information and there are packages with or without accommodation. Group bookings welcome and discounts apply – speak to the organisers and they will make sure you all stay together.

If you don’t fancy travelling alone, join in with the HQ groups who will be flying from LONDON , SOUTHAMPTON and one NORTHERN AIRPORT tbc – e mail support@nordicwalking.co.uk if you would prefer to travel with a group rather than meet up with everybody at the festival ( we will be greeting you all the airport though if you do travel alone though!)

FLIGHTS – should you find it easier to fly into Malaga from Regional UK Airports – there will be transfers available ( about 2 hours) let the organisers know what works for you and they will do the rest. All you need to do is spread the word, pack your poles and come and join in the fun!

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PROFESSIONAL PACKAGES

Walking Instructors ( from anywhere in the world) and those interested in its application for health, physical activity promotion and rehabilitation we have special packages that will include:-

 

  • Access to all walks
  • Medical presentations
  • Physiotherapy case studies and research findings
  • Business seminars
  • Worldwide showcases and Masterclass sessions

( we would also welcome suggestions from researchers, experts and enthusiasts who feel they can contribute to making this an event to remember! – contact gill@nordicwalking.co.uk)

 

New Year – New Career? Instructors wanted

NWUK Conference 2014-38This year why not make a lifestyle change that will not only make you feel healthier and happier than ever but could change the lives of plenty of others too!

We are looking for inspirational people to become Nordic and Fitness walking Instructors in locations right across the UK.

Our award winning training and set up support programmes are designed to help the RIGHT people to deliver the type of exercise classes that people really want!

NWUK-Conference-2014-281So, are you the RIGHT type of person? Here’s what we are looking for:-

  • Lovers of the outdoors with a passion for wellbeing
  • Engaging characters who likes to help others and literally go the extra mile!
  • Those who are keen to update their skills and work towards a rewarding career in fitness and wellbeing or add a new concept to an existing fitness career.
  • Team players who want to join a network of motivated Instructors and be part of something HUGE

 

We provide:-programme day olney

  • Training (a formal qualification if new to fitness or cpd module if you are already fitness qualified)
  • Optional training in sales, marketing, social media and business development
  • Training to deliver our bespoke programmes
  • Your own website with on line booking, customer management and membership options.
  • We will support you and promote you.

Come on board today – call 01392 956856 to speak to Kaye – hurry as NOW is the time to get ready for a SPRING launch and our courses are filling up fast!

Choosing Nordic Walking poles – a useful guide!

fia choice 2 websizeDon’t be confused by the myths that Nordic walking poles must be fixed and carbon! We are Nordic Walking experts and have thousands of Instructors around the UK who help us to recommend poles to their clients.

Our lovely Nordic Walkers generally opt for ADJUSTABLE poles if they can afford them and without doubt, the most popular model is the Leki Supreme Shark   which is neither carbon or fixed length!

Leki Supreme Shark: Buy Now


Yes, fixed poles provide slightly less vibration but unless you are Nordic walking for several miles a day that’s unlikely to be an issue and the risk with a fixed length pole will always be that it may just be slightly too long or too short for you as they only come in 5 cm increments. If you are confident about the length of pole that you require we have some special edition Nordic Walking UK poles that are amazing value See the Gabel stride light poles poles which are only £29.95 a pair ( Need two pairs? call us to buy two pairs for £49 .95 offer 0333 1234 540) Also an offer are the Leki Smart carbon  poles  which are currently only £69.95 a pair – amazing value for Carbon!

Leki Smart Carbon: Buy Now


These days the adjustment systems on good makes of poles like Leki and Gabel ensure minimal vibration and they are exceedingly strong – in fact they will bear up to 130 – 140  kilos of downward pressure with no problem at all. If you are using them for Nordic Walking as intended, they will last for years and are completely safe. Our bestselling fully adjustable poles are the Gabel Stretch Lite which are only £49.95 a pair (or two pairs for only £79.95 a pair see below)

pole montage websizeThere are 6 key types of walking poles- pictured here from left to right

Fixed length, Extendable, Adjustable & Telescopic, NW poles plus Strapless and trekking poles.

For NORDIC WALKING – the first 4 from the left are generally selected although for some people a strapless pole may be advised – see below. Pole number 6 (far right) is NOT suitable for Nordic walking as it does not have the correct strap.

The difference between the first 4 Nordic walking poles is simple.

  • A FIXED length pole is not adjustable and therefore the walker MUST be confident they have the right height and are not likely to develop and improve their technique substantially.
  • An EXTENDABLE pole is virtually a fixed pole but there is the option to extend to make it fit EXACTLY and be adjusted according to improvement in posture or technique. The adjustment is close to the handle which minimises vibration.
  • ADJUSTABLE poles are great for all levels as they provide full flexibility and entirely suitable for all Nordic walkers.
  • TELESCOPIC poles fold down to fit in backpacks, suitcases etc – great for city use and travelling but as they are 3 piece and contain TWO adjustment points they will tend to vibrate slightly more, although with the top of the range carbon ones, this is minimal.

We think the key things to consider when choosing Nordic Walking poles are:-

  • The straps – are they comfy and how easy is it to attach and unattach them to the pole when you need to. (if they don’t attach at all they are NOT technically Nordic walking poles)
  •  Pole composition – yes carbon is best but it costs more and other compounds are entirely suitable for the recreational Nordic Walker.
  • The paws (rubber feet) are they suitably angled for the Nordic walking technique? (If not they are not Nordic walking poles) and are they easy to remove when on softer ground?
  • The weight of the pole – the lighter the better if you are looking for top performance but all standard Nordic Walking poles are lightweight and simple to use
  • The make – avoid cheaper brands like Norstix and go for the established makes like Leki, Gabel,Swix and  Kompardell – these companies actually manufacture ski poles too and have invested hugely in the development of their products. newcomers to the nordic walking market are usually copies made in the far East.
  • Travelling? – If you know you would like to take the poles abroad or even on the bus, you may wish to look for telescopic poles such as the adaptable Gabel Fusion at £64.95 or the ultimate in carbon luxury the Leki traveller carbon

Gabel Fusion: Buy Now

Leki Traveller Carbon: Buy Now


nordic tech carbonOur personal favourite here at NWUK HQ is the Extendable Gabel Nordic Tech Carbon  pictured here, which performs as if it was fixed length but can be adjusted accurately for the user with a top section near the handle that allows the user to get the exact right height. It is a truly versatile pole which is very keenly priced for a 60% carbon model.

Other poles we recommend to the recreational Nordic Walker are the Leki Supreme shark (of course) and the Gabel Stretch – both are adjustable, affordable and perfectly suitable for those learning the technique and participating in regular Nordic walks.

Gabel Nordic Tech Carbon: Buy Now

Gabel Stretch Lite: Buy Now

Two x Gabel Stretch Lite: Buy Now


Strapless fitness walking poles called EXERSTRIDER are fantastic for those with balance issues, grip problems or simply looking for a simple to learn total body walking method  – we use them in our wellbeing and exercise referral sessions. See EXERSTRIDER

Exerstrider: Buy Now

To view our full range of Nordic Walking poles visit our on line store or call us at any time on 0333 1234 540 for expert advice. See what our customers say about us, our service and fast delivery here.

Chris Evans chats about Nordic Walking on Radio two!

Nordic walking on Chris Evans breakfast showNWUK Instructor Hannah Dykes and her group of regular Nordic Walkers from Poole in Dorset, were interrupted on their morning Nordic Walk by no other than CHRIS EVANS who chatted to them live on Radio Two.

Hannah had been asked by NWUK to be the ‘mystery guest’ for the show which had been exploring obesity, the importance of exercise and how people sometimes injure themselves in the gym. An experienced Personal Trainer and Tutor for NWUK, Hannah was expecting the usual jokes about snow and skis from the Presenter famed for his cheek and wit.Radio two interview with Hannah

” To be honest it caught me out when he seemed fascinated, knowledgeable and really keen on the concept” she said

” Chris knows his stuff re exercise and fitness and can clearly see that Nordic Walking is gaining such popularity because it WORKS” she added.

Hannah and the ladies had brought their walk forward following a call from NWUK who had been asked to find a group likely to walking at 8.40 am when Chris chats to his mystery guest and a makeshift sign attracted local onlookers too! The sign was drawn up by Lynne Martin, one of Hannah’s group who is now an Instructor herself. She recently joined the NWUK HQ team to support our Delivery Partner Instructors and help spread the word about Nordic Walking and it’s benefits.

” I did not expect to be on radio in my second week on the job but I am loving being involved with Nordic Walking as my day job” she said.