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A podcast for the Nordic Walking Community, both current members; those considering taking up this wonderful exercise; and people who want to learn more. Each week, I interview an expert in Nordic Walking and discuss the benefits of Nordic Walking on both physical and mental health. I am Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia.
 
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Gamers Too

Nate Killian & Matt Serway

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Ever walk into the break-room and hear two people that won't shut up about games? It's similar to that except Matt and Nate also mix in a variety of other topics they enjoy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
From the catwalk of the upper terminal, the newly tensioned tram cables look like tight ropes you could walk on all the way to the clock tower. The sun glistens off them, the new towers and the buildings at the base. The wind blows up there, even on the sunniest days, and the Tetons feel close enough to touch ? or at least fly to. Garaventa crews continue to work on the upper terminal, setting in place both the stairs up to the catwalk and the bucking bronco aluminum railings on the loading ...
 
Shava Sadhana is a sanskrit term meaning meditation on a dead body. The meditating person sits down on a fresh corpse on the cremation ground and calls for the mother Smashan Kali who dwells there with immaterial spirits, so that she can possess the dead body and get in contact with the meditating person. Swamiji Shree Shree Kalidasha, the creator of the project Shava Sadhana, travelled to Calcutta many times on his numerous journeys to India. Calcutta, the centre of the Kali-cult, has fasci ...
 
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In this episode, I talk to Phil Sheridan and Helen Parsons from Discover Nordic Walking, based in Yorkshire. Not only are they both qualified as British Nordic Walking Instructors, but they are also strength coaches with British Weight Lifting and GB Powerlifting. Helen has a MSc in Occupational Therapy and a BSc degree in Sport, Health, Exercise a…
 
In episode 23, I’m talking to Julia Mitchell from Healthy Steps in Warwickshire, where she teaches Nordic Walking, Tai Chi and a healthy approach to life. Twenty years ago, Julia was a busy IT executive, but then a diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis that affects the spine, forced her to reassess her priorities. In t…
 
In episode #22, I speak to Marion Endt-Jones, who runs NordicFit+ in Manchester. As well as teaching art history and working as a German language tutor, Marion trained as a ski instructor in Germany in the mid 90s. She began Nordic Walking in the summer of 2004 with her local ski club, as a social off-season activity, and has never stopped. She qua…
 
In this episode, I’m talking to John Horton, a British Nordic Walking Instructor from Rochester in Kent. John is also a qualified personal trainer, a paramedic and university lecturer in Paramedic Science at Anglia Ruskin University. John has a background in road, trail running and ultra marathon running and has undertaken several extreme challenge…
 
In today’s episode I discuss the Menopause in relation to Nordic Walking with Catherine Pestano. Catherine is a qualified INWA Nordic Walking Instructor and runs Valley Nordic Walking in Croydon. She is also a mental health social worker by training and a Rebound Therapist. Her passion is to help people who like her felt nervous about exercise and …
 
Episode 7 of the Distance Hiker Podcast features Vicky Welsh. Vicky is a Nordic Walker by profession, who changed career to run Bristol Nordic Walking for some years, before deciding to start the Let's Walk Bristol festival which is from the 1st to 3rd October 2021. This episode is jam-packed with information on Nordic Walking as I try to figure ou…
 
Walking on Air is back!!! To kick off we have an extra long episode that features an in-depth discussion between the importers and distributors of the two leading Nordic Walking Pole Brans. For Exel we have Karen Ingram, who is the cofounder of Nordic Walk.Store, which sells both Exel and Leki poles. Putting the case forward for Leki is Lilian Sull…
 
Episode 6 of the Distance Hiker podcast features Daniel Raven-Ellison, a Guerilla Geographer who through numerous interesting, creative, and often disruptive projects dares us to see the world differently. Some examples of his work involve walking across the UK wearing a device that measures his emotions to see how they differ in rural, and urban e…
 
Long-distance walking is a very personal, and intimate experience. But aside from its obvious benefits (time alone, time to recharge, exploring new places, being out in nature), many walkers opt to raise money while long-distance walking. Sponsored walks are not uncommon, and for individuals, or groups or people wanting to raise money for charities…
 
Episode 4 of the Distance Hiker Podcast features David Matthew's who is currently walking all around the UK, visiting each of the 201 Samaritan's branches. David hopes to inspire more people to volunteer with the charity and aims to fundraise £100,000 for his local Doncaster branch. The Samaritans are a charity that offer a listening ear in time of…
 
Episode 3 features our latest guest Katy Ellis, who has not long returned from a 300 mile walk along the Essex and Norfolk coastlines. Katy, 20 who is a student at Exeter University, studying Ecology, walked to raise awareness of conservation and ecological issues, and solutions with young people. Not only did she walk 300 miles, she also spoke to …
 
Episode 2: It was a delight to have Eoin Hamilton, who heads up marketing for the excellent Hiiker app on the show. It was Eoin's wonderful hosting of the Hiiker Podcast that very much inspired the Distance Hiker Podcast (Thanks Eoin!) so to have him on my show, felt really special. The show touches on the history and growth of the Hiiker App and w…
 
Episode 1: I had the pleasure of interviewing Chris, and Moose for Episode 1 of the Distance Hiker Podcast. Chris took a chance on circumstance and decided to take on a coastal walk around the United Kingdom, starting back in June 2018. In this Podcast, we unpack what it takes to do such an involved walk, not just for himself, but with a large, and…
 
Today, I’m talking to Hilary Warrell, who qualified as a Nordic Walking instructor in 2007. Hilary loves being outdoors in nature, and is passionate about sharing all the wellbeing benefits this can bring, particularly in terms of our mental health. Slowing down, pausing, tuning in to our senses helps us connect to life as it is happening in the mo…
 
In episode 17, I talk to Brad Blake, an accredited Master Instructor with both British Nordic Walking and the International Nordic Walking Federation . He has extensive experience in teaching Nordic Walking to people with Parkinson's disease and other neuromuscular conditions, which is the subject of our conversation today. Earlier this year, I par…
 
In episode 16, I talk to Joanne and Tony Burke who established Nordic Fitness Ireland in 2018, in Co. Clare, on the west coast of Ireland. Joanne had had a long career in nursing and Tony in IT, and they are both now fully qualified Nordic Walking instructors. As well as running programmes for regular walkers, they have developed a range of Nordic …
 
In episode 15, I talk to Elizabeth Cook about Lipedema. I taught Liz how to Nordic Walk and since we first met, she has educated me about lipodema, as she herself has this condition. Lipedema is a condition that does not get much publicity and therefore, there is very little awareness about it. Our conversation starts with Liz explaining exactly wh…
 
In episode, I talk to Katie Atkins who set up Nordic 4, based in Bristol, in 2017. Katie is a British Nordic Walking qualified instructor with a background of teaching in the Primary Sector. Whilst Katie has clients of all ages, today we discuss teaching teenagers how to Nordic Walk. The teenage years can be challenging in so many ways and the last…
 
In episode #13, I am talking to Cristina González Castro from Spain who is a National Nordic Walking Trainer for INWA. Cristina has spent over a decade working with cancer survivors and in this episode our conversation is about the powerful physical and mental benefits that Nordic Walking confers on people undergoing cancer treatment. For further i…
 
Exercise provides many proven benefits that protect and stimulate the brain as we age. However, experts all agree that probably the best way to prevent mental decline as we get older is to learn a new language. And my guest today has ingeniously combined the two together. Julie Frankland is a Nordic Walking UK trained instructor, who runs a group c…
 
In episode 11, I discuss the importance of resistance training with both Ian Northcott and Brian Sterling-Vete. Ian now runs Mercian Nordic Walking and is passionate about helping individuals reach their full potential. He holds various fitness qualifications and is also a consultant to The World Isometric Exercise Association, as well as being the…
 
In episode #10, I talk to Tracy Reeve, owner of Nordic Walking Watford. Tracy is an accredited instructor with Nordic Walking UK. She now takes part in endurance walking and is passionate about encouraging people to get active through Nordic Walking so they too can experience the full range of benefits. She firmly believes that Nordic Walking has s…
 
My conversation in episode 9, is with Claire Beeton of St Neots Nordic Walking. Claire first started Nordic Walking 7 years ago and enjoyed it so much that she subsequently qualified as an instructor and has grown her own business from scratch over the last two and a half years. She has had plenty of experience teaching beginners classes under Bedf…
 
In episode 8, I am talking to Jo Douglas founder of Nordic Walk it!, about the vital role that stretching plays in Nordic Walking and fitness in general. We also discuss her exciting plans to set up Hygge retreats, which will include Nordic Walking as a tool to engage clients with nature and to get back in touch with themselves, as well as the impo…
 
In episode #7, I learn about Nordic Walking's origins in Cross Country Skiing from Catherine Hughes, CEO of British Nordic Walking CIC, a social enterprise that trains people to be Nordic Walking Instructors and helps communities set up their own groups. She also runs regular groups with Midlands Nordic Walking, catering for a wide range of fitness…
 
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