The headline may have perked your interest but what is Nordic walking? And how can it be of benefit?
In simple terms, it’s a low impact style of walking using poles to reduce the effects on your joints, legs and back.
Nordic Walking, also known as Urban Poling, takes pressure off hips and knees and increases core muscle strength.
This type of walking with poles is an example of the simple activities and everyday equipment we can use to stay healthy and independent as we age.
Bolton Clarke has identified everyday items that can to assist seniors to complete simple tasks and stay independent.
Principal Advisor of Wellness and Reablement, Kath Paine has been key to developing the catalogue of ‘easy living equipment’ and will present some recommendations for the first time at our next Be Healthy and Active session at Applewood Retirement Community on 29 June.
“Easy living equipment aims to support people to be as independent as possible and take the frustration out of some tasks at home,” she said.
“Equipment, such as the activator poles used in Nordic walking, do not require assessment and prescription by a clinician and are readily available to the public through retail and online outlets.”
This innovative Be Healthy and Active session will also include a pole walking demonstration led by Dr Liz Cyarto, Senior Research Fellow from the Bolton Clarke Research Institute.
Bolton Clarke project officer Kerry Rendell said with the information provided in these sessions, the quality of life for clients and residents can be transformed.
This session forms part of Bolton Clarke’s free Be Healthy and Active program, which covers a range of topics including mastering your mind and healthy eating.
Bolton Clarke’s Community Care Aides are also getting training to help them identify when a client would benefit from using easy living equipment to improve their wellbeing .
“The Community Care Aides can then recommend or demonstrate the use of the equipment to make the tasks easier for the person,” she said.