Get involved in ‘Green Exercise’ and feel how good it is to mind and body.
Heart of England Nordic Walking offers taster sessions, Learn to Nordic Walk courses and regular walks in and around the Solihull area. The aim is to be as inclusive as possible, so whatever your age, fitness level or goal there will always be an activity to suit.
Nordic walking is a fantastic enhancement of normal walking, is gentle on the joints and easy to learn and always done in beautiful surroundings. It has huge physical and mental health benefits and is always fun and sociable!
Alison Sabine-Accredited Nordic Walking Instructor
Dr Alison Sabine is a qualified NWUK Instructor and runs Heart of England Nordic Walking, which offers a variety of walks, classes and activities in and around the Solihull area.
After more than 25 years working in hospital medicine and specialising in Rheumatology, Alison is more committed than ever to focus on health promotion and disease prevention. She is keen to see a shift in the way chronic disease is managed, so instead of continuing to treat symptoms of disease with medication, we search for and address the root cause and see how lifestyle changes may help. Nutrition and exercise are key to this and Alison strongly believes that Nordic walking is a perfect form of exercise for all ages and abilities. It is safe and effective, gentle on the joints but can also satisfy those who want more of a challenge.
Alison underwent a hip replacement in 2014 so she understands the challenges of both the pre and post operative periods and rehabilitation and has personally found Nordic walking hugely beneficial but she is also constantly inspired by the amazing improvements in other people’s health and wellbeing once they feel motivated towards change.
Fiona Clark-Fully Accredited Walk Leader
I have enjoyed long walks in the countryside for years but always felt there could be more to it. Nordic Walking ticks all the boxes – a good walk with a workout thrown in and the chance to share great views, birdsong and a little bit of chatting. I find it gives me time to unwind my mind and recharge my batteries, while I am improving my fitness. I like the social aspect of walking in a group and the extra encouragement that gives me, as walking on my own gets boring. I am looking forward to exploring new walks around our area as well as revisiting the old favourites and enjoying the company along the way.