NetWalking for Business Fitness

Networking & Fitness for Business

What is Netwalking?

This is our 3rd Year of this great concept in Business Development, combining Networking with Walking – Networking on the move!

  • no set agenda
  • no magic minute/elevator pitches
  • no fry-ups or caffeine
  • no name badges
  • no room full of suits
  • no ticking clock or red card

Networking in the great outdoors.

Talking with like-minded, energising businesspeople in an informal, fun – and healthy – context.

A netwalk with us is a superb opportunity to connect, be inspired and build relationships.

When are the Netwalks?

  • We walk once a month on a Wednesday Evening (In the Summer), starting at 6.00 pm.
  • Our walks last approximately 1 hour.
  • We start from a local Public House and return there for refreshments after.

Planned Netwalks

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Come and Netwalk

Some reasons you may want to try netwalking

It’s effective

We know that people buy from people that they know and trust.

Business is about building relationships.

So what better way to get to know someone than in a neutral, non threatening and pleasant environment when everyone can relax and be themselves?

It’s healthy

We know that physical exercise is good for cardiovascular health, muscle tone, flexibility… etc..

But walking has recently been shown to significantly boost brain health…from improving memory to learning ability to concentration to cutting your risk of stroke in half.

So physical exercise in the form of walking is perhaps the easiest way to help your brain – and your physical health at the same time.

It’s easy

You’ve all got something in common to talk about straight away.

The walking is conducted at a relaxed pace to allow plenty of interaction.

And decisions about what to wear are just based on the weather forecast.

It’s a good use of time

How often do we hear that the number one reason for us business people not exercising is lack of time!

Netwalking is the ideal opportunity to work and play at the same time.

It is work – but not as we know it…….

It’s de-stressing and inspirational

Walking has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve self-esteem and boost self-confidence.

It clears the mind, encourages reflection and assists in the generation of new ideas.

Organised by Mervyn S Foster
INWA Nordic Walking Instructor

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Nordic Walking Cambridgeshire took Part in Sport Relief 2012

Nordic Walking Cambridgeshire took Part in the Over Sport Relief Mile

SportRelief2012 logoOn 25th March Nordic Walking Cambridgeshire took part in the Sport Relief’s Mile, the aim is to help disadvantaged people, both at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries, to turn their lives around. Our goal for 2012 is to raise £60,000.

The Over Community Centre organised a great Sport Relief event at the Over Community Centre, The Doles, Over, Cambridge, CB24 5NW.

We had 16 Nordic Walkers who take part, activities on the day included the main event –we  Nordic Walked the 6 miles, then we returned to the Community Centre to enjoy all the entertainment on offer. Thank you all for taking part in this important event and to help make Sport Relief 2012 the most successful yet!

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World Heart Day – Nordic Walking for Papworth Hospital Charity

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World Heart Day – Nordic Walking for Papworth Hospital Charity

On Sunday 25th September 2011, Nordic Walking Cambridgeshire supported Papworth Hospital Charity with 18 Nordic Walkers joining in on the “World Heart Day” walk. The walkers could take part in either a 6 mile or 9 mile walk. More than 450 people Walked, Nordic Walked, Jogged or Cycles their way around Grafham Water reservoir in the autumn sunshine to raise fund for life-saving equipment at Papworth Hospital. Dr Sarah Clarke, consultant cardiologist at Papworth Hospital, thanked everyone for attending and encouraged them to join in the warm-ups led by Mervyn Foster of Nordic Walking Cambridgeshire. After finishing the walk we all stayed together for a team picnic.

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The walk was to raise money for an Intra Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) which is a life saving device that helps to decrease the workload of the heart and increase blood flow to the rest of the body. IABP’s are used to treat acutely ill patients who have suffered a heart attack, heart failure or those who are awaiting surgery; they can be used for several days, allowing the patient’s heart time to rest and heal.

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INWA Convention 2011 – LONDON

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 INWA Convention 2011 – LONDON

I had the pleasure and privilege of attending the INWA Convention in London this year. It was hosted by British Nordic Walking with over 80 delegates from many countries including Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, Poland, Netherlands, Japan, New Zealand, USA, Slovenia, China, Sweden, Iceland, Germany, Italy and Ireland to name a few, plus many Instructors from the UK.

The venue for the convention was the Victory Services Club (VSC), Seymour Street, near Marble Arch and Hyde Park, with most of VSC logothe delegates taking up the advantage of a discount price to stay at this private club.

The event started on Thursday morning on Hyde Park with a Re-qualification Course for INWA
Nordic Walking Instructors to update themselves on the “10 Step Teaching Method TM . The opening Ceremony, dinner and entertainment took place in the evening at the VSC INWA Manualwith Aki Karihtala (President of the International Nordic Walking Federation) officially opening the event. This was followed by a moving presentation from the Japan Nordic Fitness Association describing how the Tsunami and Earthquake had affected their members in and around Japan.

The second day (Friday) commenced with a welcome from Paul Stevenson (Vice President of INWA & Board Chairman), followed by an outline for the day from Karen Ingram (National Coach INWA Board for Wales & Director British Nordic Walking) and Catherine Hughes (National Coach for England & Director British Nordic Walking) whose focus was on “Nordic Walking for Life”. The convention started with a Keynote address by Natalie Kavanagh-Clarke from “Run England” who spoke about how successful their project has been in increasing mass participation and how to set up running/nordic walking groups around the UK. The INWA board then gave a progress report on areas of education, research, communication and membership.

After a coffee break we were asked to join workshops of our choice, these included:

  1. “Strength Training for Nordic Walking” – Malin Svensson (USA) INWA International Coach.
  2. “Circuit Training with Poles” – Naohiro Takahashi (Japan) INWA International Coach.
  3. “Barefoot Training” – James Maslin from Merrell Shoes.

All these workshops took place at Hyde Park in gorgeous weather, with temperatures of up to 29oC.

After the Lunch break we had a presentation by James Maslin from Merrell Shoes on using ‘Barefoot Shoes’ and how these can improve posture and gait, strengthen feet and legs, and develop improved proprioception. Following that we had the choice of more workshops:

  1. “Barefoot Training” – James Maslin from Merrell Shoes
  2. “Improve your NW Pole Work” – Naohiro Takahashi (Japan) INWA International Coach.
  3. “Advanced Stretching” – Tatiana Novaes (UK) National Coach.

The last discussion of the day was on “Developing a Sport Qualification for Nordic Walking” with speeches by Janneke Metzemaekers (Netherlands) National Coach, Naohiro Takahashi (Japan) INWA International Coach. Then a Panel discussion with:

  1. Naohiro Takahashi (Japan) INWA International Coach.
  2. Tatiana Novaes (UK) National Coach
  3. Janneke Metzemaekers (Netherlands) National Coach
  4. Jos Smits (Netherlands) – National Coach.

The social programme for the second evening consisted of a Traditional London Bus Tour followed  by dinner in China Town.London by night

Day three (Saturday) focused on Health and Fitness, starting with a presentation by Glenn Little (UK/Wales) National Coach on “Nordic Walking for Older People”, – This project around Wales was with ‘Age Cymru’. Our next address was by Paul Waters on “GP Referral Conditions”, an interactive talk on the growing use of exercise such as Nordic Walking as a follow on from medical intervention.

The third set of Workshops again took place in Hyde Park and included:

  1. “Nordic Walking a good follow-up for those who have passed successful orthopaedic treatment of the knee, hip or spine” – Marco Maas (Netherlands) INWA International Coach.
  2. “Towards Holistic Movement” – Tiina Arrankoski (Finland/Italy) INWA International Coach.
  3. “Rehabilitation and Nordic Walking” – Joy Teo (Ireland) National Coach.

After another hot morning in Hyde Park we moved to the cooler venue of the Carisbrooke Hall in the VSC where we were given a presentation by Gilly Davy and June Stevenson (New Zealand) on “A promising rehabilitation tool for individuals with neurological conditions”, followed by a moving story from Ryan Taylor (New Zealand) on his inspirational journey after a very serious accident (Base Jumping) and how Nordic Walking helped him in his rehabilitation to walk again.

Our next Keynote address was by Alma Thomas entitled, “It’s all in the Mind”, she is one of the worlds leading performance enhancement psychologists and an Olympic silver medallist in athletics. Our final address was given by Yvette Nevrlka from ‘The PT Business Gym’ on “Growing your personal Nordic Walking Business”.

London eye  After another full, energising and enlightening day the social programme took    us on a walking tour of the Royal Parks, Buckingham Palace, our trip on the London Eye, followed by a traditional English Pub evening andINWA Buckingham Palace meal.

On Sunday morning we took part in the “Nordic Walking Challenge” in Hyde Park, this was a 5km Nordic Walking Challenge for ‘Children in Need’ around the Serpentine and Royal Hyde Park. Although it was competitive, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the walk and many of the thousands of other Sunday walkers and strollers that morning had the opportunity to see International Nordic Walking at its best….

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The day finished off with a presentation from Karen Ingram (UK/Wales) National Coach and British Nordic Walking on “Posture, Alignment and Emotional Anatomy”, an interactive lecture in which the key postural types were explored, factors that affect posture, lifestyle and emotion, and how Nordic Walking influences posture. Followed by two final workshops on “How to Assess Instructors”, exploring models for assessment of Instructors by Coaches with Tiina Arrankoski & Karen Ingram and “Mapping Successful” a Practical and Interactive Worksop maximising your teaching and business with Catherine Hughes and Barry O’Loughlin.


INWA Board Chairman, Paul Stevenson closed the wonderful convention with a great vote of  thanks to British Nordic Walking the hosts of the event and especially to Superwoman Daniela Riberio da Silva for all her efforts in making the event run so smoothly…

Next year’s INWA Convention will be in Venice, Italy and we look forward to Nordic Walking on the beach.

By Mervyn S Foster

INWA Nordic Walking Instructor & British Nordic Walking Steering Group Member

Tel:    01480 878111                E-mail:  mervyn@nordicwa;


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Nordic Walking – The Secret Fitness Weapon For Walkers!

Nordic Walking – The Secret Fitness Weapon For Walkers!

Doctors have always prescribed walking as a part of ongoing rehabilitation for heart patients, NW Fotolia osteoporosis patients, arthritis patients, multiple sclerosis patients, and many, many more. It’s safe and very, very effective. Almost everyone can participate in a walk! And did I mention that it is fun, because it definitely is.

Now there is a way you can turn your ordinary walk into a wonderfully beneficial fitness activity. Add Walking Poles!!! Just by adding walking poles and using the Nordic Walking Technique, you can maximize your walking routine and start enjoying the many extra benefits that this activity will bring to your routine. And one of the best benefits is that you don’t even know you are working harder.

Nordic Walking poles add an element of safety to your walk as well. They give you balance and stability, so people who have joint issues can benefit greatly by picking up a couple of walking poles. There are not very many people, no matter what their level of physical ability, or disability, who cannot benefit from Nordic Walking.

NW images 4 Nordic Walking poles add an element of safety to your walk as well. They give you balance and stability, so people who have joint issues can benefit greatly by picking up a couple of walking poles. There are not very many people, no matter what their level of physical ability, or disability, who cannot benefit from Nordic Walking.

Nordic Walking using walking poles burns up to 40% more calories than normal walking. Imagine that, burn up to 400 calories per hours as compared to 280 per hour for normal walking. And then by using the proper technique you can further boost your calorie consumption even more. This activity can be adapted to anyone’s fitness level. If you are just looking to add to your walk, or you are a super fit walking enthusiast, you can benefit by adding walking poles to your walk, and by using the Nordic Walking Technique.

Walking with poles helps you to reach the same intensity as running without all the high impact, and best of all, without the perceived exertion. You will feel like you are not working any harder, but your whole body is involved, automatically making it a much more effective walk and workout. It strengthens your upper body, your stomach, chest, back, neck and arms. Try to get all this out of a normal walk! Nordic Walking uses about 90% of all the muscles in your body, and the walking poles actually reduce the stress on your joints.

The Nordic Walking Technique is easy to master. It very simple terms, it is like cross coNW images 1untry skiing without the skies. In fact, Nordic Walking was originally started as a way for Professional Skiers to stay in shape and practice during the off season. You can Nordic Walk almost anywhere you can walk, and in almost any weather. The poles add an element of safety when walking trails, you can use them for balance and aid you when walking uphill or downhill. In the snow you can use them to help keep you stable and help prevent you from slipping and falling while you walk. The only conditions where walking poles are not advisable, are on bare ice.

Best of all, Nordic Walking puts you in a good mood. It is a fun activity that is energetic and relaxing.

The most important key to any successful fitness program is finding activities that you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy an activity, chances are you won’t keep at it. If you like walking and enjoy the outdoors, try Nordic Walking, I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.

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Mervyn S Foster

INWA Nordic Walking Instructor

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