Susan Spain’s Parks and Pathways Nordic Walking Newsletter – January 5th 2021 – Lockdown update

Dear Parks and Pathways Nordic Walking Member,

Firstly can I wish you and your families a happier and hopefully improving 2021 & I hope you were able to enjoy your Christmas. I say improving as obviously the news since the turn of the New Year hasn’t been great. Thank you for all your support during 2020 and I’m really glad that we were able to get out and about several months with small group sessions adopting our Covid-19 protocols and procedures to help keep us all safe and well.

Due to yesterday’s confirmation of another national lockdown for England, I’ve now cancelled all walks that were planned. If you had any sessions booked you will now have received cancellation emails with any money being credited back to your Exercise-Anywhere account if you pay for your sessions individually. If you are on the monthly Direct Debit payment option I have already contacted you separately today after lockdown was announced.
Whilst the next government review is scheduled for Monday 15th February, ( half term week for most areas), I personally can not see anything changing restriction wise before March and I even think that is probably optimistic. As & when restrictions do ease regarding group exercise I will take a decision about if I feel it is the right time to reintroduce some sessions, but not just because the Government says it is ok to restart. As you know, I’ve taken a cautious approach throughout this pandemic and will continue to do so.
There are currently NO sessions available to book with me apart from my weekly Wednesday evening online Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing which will continue.
Lockdown Rules regarding ‘Exercise outside the home’ & ‘Travel for Exercise’
You should stay at home except where permitted in line with the law and government guidelines.
Those who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable are now being advised to shield again.
You should minimise time spent outside your home.
It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting).
Exercise outside the home should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. Staying local means your village, town, or part of the city where you live. You are permitted to travel a short distance within your local area to reach a suitable open space to exercise.

You can exercise in a public outdoor place:

    • by yourself or with the people you live with#
    • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
    • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
    • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

Public outdoor places include:

    • parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
    • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
    • the grounds of a heritage site
    • playgrounds
    • Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools, must close.

When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household – meaning the people you live with – or your support bubble. Where this is not possible, stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions (e.g. wearing a face covering).

The link to the full national lockdown guidelines correct as of today is here. Just click on the link.
As usual, Hands: Face: Space along with Fresh Air (keep your house well ventilated during the winter months) applies in all settings.
Thank you so much for continuing to support me during the rollercoaster that was 2020. Despite the ups and downs we’ve managed to get some great walks in, welcome new members, explore new areas, experience the new strapless Nordic Walking poles and importantly KEEP GOING in spite of that pesky virus. Here’s to more Fitness, Fun, Friendship and Fresh Air during 2021 & beyond as and when we’re allowed.
I’m so glad we were able to get in a full programme of walks during December up to the 22nd after the November lockdown. The weather was mostly kind to us with some beautiful sunny winter days as well as some stinkers! The positivity of the group to support and encourage each other is fantastic and is what drives me on.
I’m really proud to say that photos of our group were used by NWUK on their social media during December as they exemplified good social distancing and our Covid-19 secure protocols whether as a single group or double bubble. The image of us doing the affectionately named ‘Barbara Windsor’ stretch as our tribute to Bab’s was also used.
Parks and Pathways Nordic Walking will be 4  years old at the end of May. I’m currently ploughing my way through nearly 4 years of photos and will be putting the best onto the website over the next few weeks for us all to look back upon. There are some crackers!!  I’ll let you have the link to the photo gallery once it’s there.  Wouldn’t it be great if we are in a position by the end of May to be able to have some form of celebration? If not then, we definitely will as soon as it’s safe to do so. I’ll also be featuring montages of our photos on the Parks and Pathways Nordic Walking Facebook Page over the next few weeks.
Quick quiz question…. apart from my sister, who is the longest serving member of the group, who I taught to Nordic Walk and obtain their Freedom Passport, who is still actively walking with us as of December 2020? The answer will be in the next newsletter.
Remember, even if you’ve not been able to walk with the group this year, you are ALWAYS welcome back. If you are worried about remembering the technique why not have a Technique Refresher with me first. I’ll be offering some Technique Refresher sessions, including trying out the new strapless poles if you want to, once the restrictions ease.
Also if you’ve not done your induction course to get your Freedom Passport yet, I’ll be resuming Power of the Poles courses again once restrictions ease and I can increase the numbers on our walks again.
Next Shop and Drop
My next Shop & Drop is set up even though we are in lockdown. Orders with NWUK by 4pm on Monday 25th January for delivery to me on Wednesday 27th January. If there are insufficient orders to allow free delivery I will push the date back. Ring NWUK on 0333 1234540, place your order and ask for it to be added to the Susan Spain Shop & Drop box or order online and select Susan Spain S & D from the drop down menu before paying for your order.
Link to the NWUK store is here
Activities during lockdown 
1 – If any members live close to each other and would like to meet up to walk together as a pair then let me know and I’ll pass on contact details with permission (in line with the law & lockdown guidelines outlined above).
2 – For those that want to challenge themselves during 2021 there is the ‘Walk 1000 miles’ challenge which is free, flexible & fun
That’s the equivalent of 2.74 miles a day. All of our 1 hour walks, even the easy pace walks are a minimum of 2 miles so you’re not far off that distance. If you can’t do 1000 miles, then just challenge yourself to walk for a set period of time every day and you’ll start to feel the benefits.
I myself prefer the time rather than the distance approach to walking as your body can feel different every day. (Always listen to your body!). Also try to get yourself into a set routine for a walk so that it becomes a part of your day. No matter what the weather (as long as it’s not too icy or dangerous) you’ll always feel better for getting some exercise and fresh air.
Two other good walking apps are NHS ones – Active 10 or Couch to 5k. The link to both of these is below
3 – Explore your local area (you don’t have to walk in a park). How well do you really know your local area? I have learnt so much about mine since the first lockdown last March. I now know shortcuts, alternative walking routes to places, have discovered new open spaces, interesting buildings and landmarks. You never know what you may find. We normally are like rats in a rat run only going down known routes or driving everywhere.
4 – Online classes with NWUK/Walx instructors
As well as my own weekly Wednesday EveningTai Chi Movements for Wellbeing online class always there are plenty of online fitness classes available to book with other NWUK/Walx instructors via the Virtual Walx site some of which are free. If you are on the monthly DD then many of the paid classes are included in your membership. Other classes will incur a charge as normal. The link is below and you log in with the same email and password as your Exercise-Anywhere account then search for the class you want. There is a huge variety available.
In addition, throughout January, the NWUK/WALX HQ lead instructors are also offering 30 minute Monday gentle Wellbeing workout and Thursday harder Total Body Walx workout online classes at 11am which can be booked via your Exercise-Anywhere account. Log in and then click on/Book a walk/Diary of Walks and Classes and your calendar will populate to show these HQ lead classes (show up in purple). These classes are free to DD members and cost £5 for pay per session members.

As always, if you have any queries about your membership, the programme, payment packages and how to book then please give me a ring on  07738 931710.

I’ll keep updating you with new information during lockdown via the newsletters but please keep in touch via phone, text or email too. I love to hear from you. Feel free to ring me even just for a chat!!

Kind regards and here’s to when we can get back out walking again as a group.


Copyright – Susan Spain, Parks and Pathways Nordic Walking 2021. Not to be reproduced, copied or forwarded without permission.

Updated: January 23, 2021 — 6:38 pm