Tara Whittle is a level 3 exercise referrer, occupational therapist & Holistic therapist who currently runs 9 walking groups a week. Tara has founded a charity called ‘Roots to Wellbeing’ and their walks are non for profit and collaborate with local practitioners to bring holistic wellbeing to the local community.
We arrived on a sunny but chilly morning at the wonderful Parndon Wood Nature Reserve in Harlow, an ancient protected woodland, a site of scientific interest and winners of a Green Flag award. Tara and her walkers meet here twice a week to walk through the quiet woodland and her sessions consist of a stretch, a warm up using the poles and a walk with a focus on technique.
A lot of you may have heard of Nordic Walking but are unsure what it may consist of. Developed in Finland, it is a technique that uses specially designed poles whilst walking. The poles are used alongside an ergonomic technique that supports the body to move effectively and enables the upper body and core muscles to be engaged and support the lower body. Nordic Walking has been identified as a ‘safe, feasible and readily available’ form of exercise training that increased endurance and enables participants to support their lower body and joints.
Nordic Walking is more than just ‘walking’, and is a great inclusive activity for improved wellbeing, increased muscle tone and for an increased awareness of body and mental clarity.