Nigel's Nordic Walking - Winchester

What is Nordic Walking?

Nordic Walking is an enhanced walking technique that uses specially designed poles to work your upper body as well as your legs. Nordic Walking improves co-ordination and posture and is almost a full body workout. In fact 90% of muscles, joints and ligaments across the whole body are used compared with regular walking and 46% more calories are burned.

Nordic Walking has become popular with groups of people of all ages who are finding it a great way to reach their health and fitness goals, to gain vitality and get more out of life; this activity can be enjoyed at all levels from low to medium and high intensity.

Nordic Walking is a wonderful activity that is enjoyed outside with the benefits of fresh air through all the seasons; mentally and physically you will feel amazing.

How will Nordic Walking benefit you?

Nordic Walking is an excellent low impact activity which turns a natural movement into an effective exercise and pastime activity. The benefits of Nordic Walking are second to none, helping you to maintain a healthy weight, keep a balanced blood pressure and reduce stress and anxiety.

Nordic Walking combines the simplicity of walking with core and upper body conditioning This gives you a full body workout, which means that you can:

  • Burn up to 46% more calories compared to normal walking without poles.
  • Engage over 90% of your skeletal muscles
  • Release tension in your neck and shoulders.
  • Improve your posture and gait.
  • Strengthen your back and abdominal muscles.
  • Reduce the impact on your joints.
  • Improve mental health.

British Nordic Walking is a wonderful and gentle way to gain greater health and mobility and you will feel the rewards immediately.

Nordic Walking will Improve Mental Health

Nordic Walking is the perfect all year round exercise for mental health helping to connect the mind and body. Exposure to natural daylight has been proven to improve sleep and mood quality by supporting your body’s natural circadian rhythm, as well as increasing mood-enhancing neurotransmitters.

Everyone should be aiming to get more natural light exposure; even when the weather is overcast, the level of light outdoors is far higher than light indoors.

Nordic Walking is the perfect way to rebalance the mind and body naturally; whilst walking outside in the fresh air the mind has the space to unravel and sort the internal chaos so that at the end of a session you feel mentally restored and focused.

Your Instructor - Nigel Strong

As your British Nordic Walking Instructor I am a member of the international Nordic Walking body - International Nordic Walking Federation (INWA). I have been trained to the highest of teaching levels and am qualified to instruct to all levels, from beginner to an advanced Nordic walker.

As your instructor my training is based and constantly updated on the latest research from around the world with regards to Nordic Walking teaching methods.

I am based in Winchester which is the perfect training ground for Nordic Walking, surrounded by wonderful countryside and beautiful trails.

In addition to helping individuals become healthier and fitter I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Life and Business Coach and a Mindfulness Practitioner with a private practice in the centre of Winchester.

In the practice I help many clients overcome fears, depression, anxiety and move away from restrictive habits.

I bring all my skills with me when we venture out on our wonderful Nordic Walks, using Mindfulness in particular.

To find out more about me and what I do please visit my Strong Minds website

Courses and Classes

Discover a whole new way to get fit and stay fit.

Introduction to Nordic Walking (poles will be provided for this course)
Six week course £75.00 payable in advance. Duration of each class approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.

Guided Group Trail Walks with On Going Tuition having completed the Introduction to Nordic Walking Course.

Six week course using your own poles £60.00 or £72.00 with poles provided. Duration of each class approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.

Cost per walk using own poles £12.00 and poles provided £14.00.

One to one classes and guided walks £45.00. Duration of each class approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.

Please contact me to register your interest.

Tel: 07834 666 979 / Email:


Nordic Walking really is for anyone and everyone. All walks are primarily local to Winchester in the countryside. Introduction courses begin on flat ground and progress to trails.