By Gill Stewart at
Here are our tips for keeping your groups active and safe as the evenings close in and it starts to get chilly!
1. SEE THE LIGHT!
Although teaching Nordic walking in the dark is not advised, there is NO need to cancel your sessions – simply choose well lit areas like sports fields OR go headtorch walking! Many groups across the UK actually look forward to the darker evenings so they can don their headtorches and enjoy a safe workout walk in the company of others.
There are lots of Headtorches to choose from including the Silva Siju Cube and the NEW Jogger and Otus and many Instructors prefer to carry a few extra for clients but recommend they choose one that’s right for them longer term. Remember, you can set up a ‘shop and drop’ order and advise your clients to call us to choose & order their gloves, headtorches and high viz garments which can then be popped in the package – saving them postage and you to hassle of ordering for them!
2. AVOID CHILLY DIGITS!
Keeping warm is the key to comfy winter walking – we recommend layers of clothing and of course, gloves that will not restrict proper use of the pole straps. Our favourites are the Gabel Expert Gloves.
We also stock the fantastic Sealskinz waterproof gloves and those with touchscreen finger tips so take a look now to avoid missing out.
3. BE SEEN IN FLURO GREEN!
What better way to promote Nordic walking and be safe? Our reflective over vests can be handed out to your group and are sized to fit over outdoor clothing. More discerning clients might prefer to buy their own so be the expert and help them make the right selection.
Check out the website and make sure you log in to take advantage of Instructor discounts.
4. DON’T SLIP UP!
Winter risk assessment should always include the risk of icy paths and it’s worth remembering that as the night draws in puddles can freeze over. Again, this should not be a reason to cancel – patchy puddles can be pointed out by front markers whilst slippery paths can often be avoided by simply walking on the grass. A set of ice cleats can cost your clients as little as £9.99 and will minimise the risks. Many Instructors last year found they could keep classes going even when it snowed.