“I’ve always been prone to falling or tripping, due to problems with weak ankles, knees and a bad back. For years, I wasn’t able to walk much further than two or three miles before seizing up. Then, one autumn, while working in the garden I fell and damaged the peroneal nerve in my left leg. This left me in a lot of pain and with drop foot on my left side. The orthopaedic surgeon explained that an operation would probably make things worse and referred me for physiotherapy. After six months, not much had changed and my physiotherapist suggested that I try Nordic walking. I’d never heard of it but, desperate to find something that would help, I gave it a go. I’ve never looked back.
I joined the local Nordic walking club where I basically learned how to walk properly again. Not only was my left foot improving but, as Nordic walking uses every muscle in your body, I was getting much fitter. So much so that, two years later, I took part in the Three Peaks Challenge in Wales and walked up Sugar Loaf Mountain – 596 metres high. I’ll never forget the elation I felt when I reached the top. My friends and family were absolutely amazed – I could now join them on walks without seizing up and didn’t trip or fall while out shopping.
I now Nordic walk regularly, in any weather. I have also met some wonderful people from all walks of life, of mixed ages and abilities and have made some truly special friends. During the pandemic, Nordic walking was so important during those early months when we were only allowed out once a day. I could Nordic walk from my front door and exercise my whole body – it kept me fit and boosted my spirits. Once we were able to meet up outside again, I was able to join fellow Nordic walking friends for some much-needed socialising and exercise combined.
Nordic walking has totally transformed and enriched my life and I can’t recommend it highly enough to anyone and everyone.”