Walking back to fitness

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A NEW fitness craze is set to launch tonight.

Due to popular demand, Hartlepool Borough Council’s sport and physical activity team has started sessions to introduce town residents to Nordic Walking.

The Scandinavian fitness technique uses walking poles and can burn off up to 47 per cent more calories than normal walking.

It dates from the 1930s when cross-country skiers in Finland started to use ski poles during their out-of-season training even though there was no snow.

They found it an excellent way of toning both their upper and lower body muscles.

It is also very good exercise for the heart and lungs.

The new Hartlepool sessions are:

l Nordic Walking for ages 50 and over – on Monday evenings from 6pm to 7pm for six weeks starting tonight. People should meet at Newburn Car Park, in Seaton Carew.

The course costs a total of £15 and is run in partnership with Age UK;

l Nordic Walking for all ages – on Wednesday evenings from 5.30pm to 6.30pm for six weeks, starting on January 18. People should meet at Newburn Car Park, in Seaton Carew.

The course costs a total of £15.

Advance booking is essential.

Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Walking poles will be provided.

For more information or to book call (01429) 284414 or email rachael.pringle@hartlepool.gov.uk