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Getting fit the Nordic way

Staff at BMI Three Shires Hospital joined forces with Sport Northamptonshire in a move to improve their health

“>They were introduced to the health values of Nordic Walking by Sport Northamptonshire’s Physical Activity Co-ordinator Sarah McVeigh.

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And after being shown how to use the walking poles the group could be seen trekking around the hospital’s expansive grounds.

Shirley Adams, PA to Three Shires Executive Director Dominic Bath, helped organise the event and even persuaded Dominic to take part.

She said: A friend introduced me to Nordic walking and I really enjoyed it – you can take things at your own speed and do as much or as little as you want.

“When we were looking to get people at BMI Three Shires involved in The Big Health Pledge – presently being run throughout the company – I thought this would be perfect. Everyone really enjoyed their taster session and I’m sure many will carry on with it as part of their Pledge.”

Northamptonshire Sport co-ordinator Sarah added that, because you are using your arms as well as your legs, Nordic Walking burns up to 40% more calories than normal walking.

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“Northamptonshire Sport has been promoting Nordic walking for some time now and we have been delighted to see how well received it has been throughout the county.

“The Big Health Pledge is a great idea open to people of all ages and fitness levels so Nordic walking fits into its ‘Move More’ section perfectly.”

As for Executive Director Dominic, he’s a keen skier who is used to having poles in his hands although he admits it is the first time he has used them to help him round the hospital grounds!

“The Big Health Pledge has really caught people’s imagination at the Three Shires so this was just one way to get even more people involved,” he said.

For further details of the Big Health Pledge visit: www.bmibighealthpledge.co.uk

And follow a local Nordic Walking group such as www.twitter.com/Getlost_Rutland

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