Blog: Christine, Bristol Nordic Walking

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Ever heard of Nordic Walking? It’s not just a stroll in the park – it’s a whole-body workout that combines the simplicity of walking with the effectiveness of specially designed poles. But what makes it different? Well, those poles aren’t just for show! They engage your upper body muscles, increase calorie burn, and provide stability on varied terrain. Plus, it’s suitable for all fitness levels and ages!

Here’s what long-time walker Christine has to say about her own experience…

Hi Christine. Where are you from and why did you move to the UK?

I was born in Paris and always loved to come to England to see my penfriend and wear a mini skirt that I was not allowed in France. I moved to the UK in 1979… for a man who was my boyfriend in 1964!

Christine enjoying a walk

Have you always been into fitness and what do you do to keep fit?

Not really fitness but I was a sporty person, skiing, riding horses, playing tennis and later on running. Following injuries, arthritis, a false knee and other problems which come with age, I could not do the above sports anymore but I wanted to keep fit so I walked, and attended Pilates and circuits classes.

How did you discover Nordic walking?

When I retired in France, my physio advised me to start Nordic walking, as it would be good for my back and overall posture. So, that’s what I did.

Where do you Nordic walk and why do you like it?

I am lucky enough to live just behind Ashton Court where I walk alone or with friends and obviously with Bristol Nordic Walking. I feel good after a walk, not only my body but my spirit too.

What would you say to someone thinking about starting to Nordic walk?

Do it! It’s the best decision you will ever make. Not only it’s good for you but we have good instructors who will correct your position, posture and you meet a lot of nice people.

What are your hobbies or passions?

I enjoy playing Bridge and taking care of my grandchildren but I also do a lot of volunteering as I have the possibility and a good health so I want to help others who are not so lucky and bring them a little bit of happiness.

Christine with her Nordic walking group

If we visited one place in France, where would you recommend?  

One place?  Impossible! It depends so much on what you like. The Alps for the beauty of the mountains, Paris for its charm, Lyon for the food and the little bistros, the Loire Valley for the castles and history, or the South Riviera for the sun and the beautiful scenery.

What’s your one favourite thing about France, and the UK? How do they differ?

Again, one favourite thing, it’s so difficult! In France it’s the food, the markets, the terraces where you have a drink or a coffee and the streets in the centre of Paris… but I am a Parisian!

In the UK, it’s the cosmopolitan cities, the green countryside and English humour. In France, you make friends very quickly, in UK this is a bit more difficult but probably a bit more sincere.

If you would like to find out more, Nordic Walking in Bristol will be running two 30-minute FREE taster sessions:

  1. Nordic Walking Taster on Saturday 11th May at 11:15am
  2. Nordic Walking Taster for those with Reduced Mobility on Saturday 18th May at 10:45am

Our Nordic walking community is very friendly and all new walkers are welcomed with open arms. Most of our walkers joined by themselves so don’t be shy! But if you do feel a little nervous about joining alone we offer a ‘buddy’ system where an experienced walker will support you.

(This blog was first published on the Nordic walking website)

Sat 11 May 2024
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Sat 11 May 2024