We are an open air Health Club without walls. We enjoy getting fit and healthy by using Nordic Walking and other related activities in areas around the beautiful West Sussex coast. We are a social club who make the most of finishing our walks in cafes in which we have drink, a chat and a laugh.
Littlehampton Nordic Walking was started by Denise and Alison Page who are delivery partners to Nordic Walking UK. They now have a team of Walk Leaders who help teach the weekly programme. Denise delivers training for NWUK as she is passionate about teaching others to run their own Nordic Walking sessions.
Denise and her team deliver a variety of walks catering for different abilities and experience. The workout walks are effective and motivating. A whole body workout is achieved and clients have seen some fantastic results.
Denise specialises in Exercise Referral as many of her members need a little more support in relation to various conditions.
All instructors have a love for the great outdoors and believe not only is Nordic Walking the best way to achieve fitness goals but it is also fun.
I decided it was time to change my life, so gave up a corporate position to go and live by the sea and get my life back. No more long hours commuting and time to enjoy being outside.
Since moving to Littlehampton in May 2016 I have met some wonderful people as Nordic Walking is so sociable. I have got to know the area; there are some wonderful walks and places to explore
I have been in the fitness industry for 28 years and have taught many forms of exercise. I particularly enjoy teaching Nordic Walking as I find it to be the most social and fun form of exercise I have ever been involved in. It is also kind on my body. My joints are fit and healthy!
I enjoy running but am beginning to find it hard on my joints. Nordic walking helps me stay fit without the impact on the knees.
I have a wealth of experience teaching all levels of fitness and strongly believe that if activity is fun it does not feel like exercise.
I have been qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist for 39 years. Initially I worked in a number of different acute hospital settings, but for over 20 years I worked in local NHS Worthing Community Teams, specializing in treating Neurological patients. I have specialists most recently in treating people with Parkinson’s disease.
I’m now retired from the NHS and work as a Private Physiotherapist. I treat clients in their own homes; and I also instruct a weekly exercise class in Worthing and a monthly Washington class for the local Parkinson’s UK branch.
Nordic walking for people with Neurological disease
I want to enable people with reduced mobility as a result of Parkinson’s disease, and other Neurological conditions, to have the benefit of experiencing Nordic walking to help them to improve their stamina and ability to walk further. Also to give them the opportunity of getting outside to walk more regularly, and to experience the benefits of walking in a group.
The benefits of Nordic walking are many. Here are some that are more specific for Parkinson’s disease.
- it allows for more fluid movement
- helps to loosen stiff joints and strengthen muscles
- it promotes better posture by improving core strength
- encourages arm swing during walking
- promotes a more rhythmical and reciprocal gait pattern
- increases aerobic activity
- it improves balance
- it may increase walking speed
- enables people to walk further outside, and to socialise.
I grew up walking the moors and valleys of the Yorkshire Dales. Whether is was taking in the beautiful scenery, putting my body through its paces or laughing with my friends I always had a big smile on my face.
With that same enthusiasm I took up Nordic Walking when I moved down south and it’s something that has brought me such joy.
It’s easy to learn the basics, is accessible to all ages and abilities, but most importantly it’s fun to walk together and make friends.
I started Nordic Walking with the Littlehampton
group in January 2018. Having tried the obligatory
gym membership, I realised this wasn’t for me but
I wanted to find a different way of exercising to get
fit. Joining the group has by far exceeded my
expectations. As well as feeling fitter than ever,
I have met so many fantastic people and made many
great friends. The great thing about Nordic Walking
is that you can exercise, chat and have such a laugh
all at the same time! As I work as a nurse and
Resuscitation Practioner, there is nothing better than
being out in the fresh air either walking along the
beach or in the Sussex countryside with your friends
by your side – a brilliant de-stressor! My greatest
achievement so far has been walking 13 miles in the St Barnabas Night to Remember walk with the group.
My next challenge will be entering the Chichester half marathon in October as a Nordic Walker.
I first started Nordic Walking as a safe way to aid recovery from a torn Achilles Tendon and osteoarthritis. With quick results I have gone on to participate in a number of half marathons and charity walks. My Nordic Walking gives me a sense of mental alertness and vigour, even on days when I’m not feeling my best. Literally, a spring in my step! After long hours working, there is nothing I enjoy more than the freedom of the outdoors in the company of my fellow Nordic walkers. The physical strength I have gained from Nordic Walking means I am totally pain free. My muscles are more toned, and I am fitter than I have ever been before. I decided to become an instructor so I can share my positive mental and physical benefits with others. I use my experience in the military, classical dance and figure skating to teach the benefits of good posture and technique to get best results. I believe in a harmony of fun and effort to promote physical and mental wellbeing.
Hi! I’m Liz, I started Nordic Walking in May 2017 when I found the Littlehampton group.
I live in Worthing and I have met some great friends through Nordic Walking, I really look forward to all the walks I do, nothing like catching up on the gossip – we spend most of our time laughing together and we now have a brand new Social Committee!
I am hooked on Nordic Walking and there are plenty of walks to choose from. I am also a keen birdwatcher and I run a monthly birdwatching walk at our local RSPB Reserve (Pulborough Brooks) – the combination of being able to Nordic Walk with the Littlehampton Gang and share my passion for birdwatching is brilliant!
I agreed to be a Walk Leader last year and now I’ve just qualified as an Instructor. As my Nordic Walking journey continues, I can feel myself getting fitter, stronger and more relaxed.
I’ve had a few ups & downs in life so far and finding Nordic Walking has helped my personal levels of wellbeing and happiness more than I ever could of imagined.
I look forward to welcoming you into our wonderful group soon!
I really enjoy being outdoors and keeping active. I worked in education but now that I’ve stopped working, I’m fortunate to be able to get outside more during the week. In my younger days I did a lot of running and more recently loved doing Boot Camp, but my knees can’t cope with that now! For me, Nordic Walking is great all round exercise, especially with some of the Work Out walks which add even more variety. I joined the group in January and my fitness levels have definitely improved. The group is very friendly and supportive; no matter what your fitness level everyone can exercise at their own pace and you get lots of encouragement. There’s lots of chatting during the sessions so it’s a very sociable way of exercising. We are also fortunate to have some beautiful places to walk and take in the fresh air – what more could you want?
Pauline Jones – Walk Leader
Since joining the group Nordic Walking Littlehampton I have been introduced to walking in many places by the sea and in the countryside. There is something different to experience on every walk, and being able to exercise outdoors with other people enjoying their company and nature is brilliant.
Alison has a wealth of experience in working with people with different abilities and fitness goals. As an injured top athlete and an Exercise Referral instructor Alison has a good understanding of how to support individuals to achieve their goals.
Alison loves being outside, she is a firm believer there in no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. She is not afraid of getting muddy!
Katie has a real passion for exercise and training in the outdoors. Katie has always enjoyed walking, especially her dog in the countryside, so when she was introduced to Nordic Walking she took to it straight away.
Nordic Walking is great for your physical health but Katie appreciates how good it is for your mental health. You can benefit from being in the fresh air as well as the social aspect.
One of Katie’s favorite walks is at Ditchling Beacon, with the lovely views of the South Downs, but she still has so much more of the Downs to explore.