Step right up! A new way of walking has arrived

Tuesday, 27 August, 2019

Residents aged 55 and above are invited to embark on a Nordic walking adventure with Get up and Go. 

Organised by Havant Borough Council, Nordic walking is an easy way to get fit, stay healthy and meet like-minded people.

There are six weeks of sessions on offer starting on Monday 2 September, including free tasters, free learning classes and paid walks – all delivered by Nordic Walking UK.

Nordic walking is a unique exercise where walkers use poles to move forward with each step. The poles engage the upper body taking pressure off the feet, knees and joints - transforming your average walk into a full body exercise suitable for all abilities.

A full list of events - including free sessions held in Hayling Island and Leigh Park - can be found on the Get up and Go website.

Councillor Tim Pike, Cabinet lead for Planning, Regeneration and Communities, said: "The council is hosting lots of events across the borough for residents aged 55 and above. There is a wide variety of activities on offer, including Nordic walking, which provide the ideal opportunity to get moving, have fun and try something new.”

Walking equipment will be freely available to everyone taking part. Residents should wear loose and comfortable clothing and bring a pair of walking shoes with them to each walk.

After completing a taster session and both learning classes (“Learn to 1” and “Learn to 2”), residents will officially become Nordic walkers by receiving their very own Nordic walking passport. This passport allows the holder to become a member of Nordic Walking UK and take part in walks held across the country.