Nordic Walking GroupNordic walk to help with management of long term health conditions.
To help participants with long term health conditions, who are referred by a health professional, to attend and safely participate in exercise sessions. These exercise sessions are specifically designed following International Nordic Walking Foundation (INWA) guidelines to develop balance, co-ordination, functional strength and cardiovascular fitness.
Sessions help manage and improve long term health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, joint conditions, mobility restrictions, high blood pressure, cancers and post cardiac intervention. The group setting also helps people with their mental health and social interaction skills. Exercise classes are delivered by our Physical Activity Referral Service (PARS).
Benefits of exercise
Exercise is beneficial for both physical and mental health. In adults, exercise has a positive impact on numerous chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, whilst in older adults it has been shown to help prevent falls. Physical activity improves mental wellbeing across all ages, including for people with disabilities. Physical activity can also deliver cost savings to the health and care system by reducing preventable illness thus demand on services.
“I thoroughly enjoy our Thursday Nordic walk. Our groups are very friendly and helpful, there is always much laughter and updates of events that are taking place in our lives.
During the first lockdown, I suffered with anxiety and one of the many things that helped me through it was walking. It cleared the cobwebs and energised my mind and body. Therefore walking has become a must! It has also helped with the strengthening of my leg muscles since having had two knee replacements.
When out walking with the group, we recently walked to Sandwell Park via the Fallowfield Loop. I always find it amazing how many beautiful walkways there are so close to the city centre, and yet it has a feeling of walking in the countryside.”
Exercise sessions are set up within local community areas across Manchester using facilities such as leisure centres, places of worship, lifestyle, community and public centres and parks. This makes them accessible to anyone and easily reached, even if participants only use public transport.
Sessions are often set up to meet demand within a local area. Whether that be in relation to a certain class type (condition specific), increasing the number of classes or to meet diversity and equality, such as ladies only sessions.
Because sessions are community based it allows our Physical Activity Referral Service team to have good links with leisure centres. Community classes create a valuable pathway for long term, more independent exercise.
Referral from a health professional is needed for someone to attend these classes. You can refer people here.
If you want any more information or have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 271 0505 (option 1).
Strategic links to local/national policies
Helping people live healthier lives
Increased mental wellbeing
Reducing avoidable illness/death
Helping people age well
Department of Health and Social Care (2019) - UK Chief Medical Officers' Physical Activity Guidelines 2019
Public Health England (2016) - Health matters: getting every adult active every day
Public Health England (2018) - Physical activity for general health benefits in disabled adults:
Sherrington C, Fairhall NJ, Wallbank GK, Tiedemann A, Michaleff ZA, Howard K, Clemson L, Hopewell S, Lamb SE. (2019) Exercise for preventing falls in older people living in the community. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD012424.
Sport England (2017) - Review of evidence of the outcomes for sport and physical activity: A
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"The patients really enjoy the [PARS] sessions and feel a real benefit from continuing to exercise in a supportive environment."
Janet, Respiratory Specialist Physiotherapist, MRI