Mary Fitton – Walk Leader

I’d always been interested in Nordic Walking but couldn’t find any Nordic Walking Groups close to where I live. So, I walked the dog regularly, sometimes went on longer walks at weekends and also enjoyed some leisurely walking holidays.
2017: I had chemotherapy and then found out I had severe osteoporosis
2018: I met Jane and Jo at a “Healthy Living/Self Care” event in Hyde market place. I signed up for more information and the raffle to win free Learn To course. I won the raffle and haven’t looked back since!

Nordic walking is an ideal exercise for my osteoporosis. I regularly walk two times a week, usually the 1.5 hour walks. The beauty of these walks is that they don’t take too much time out of the day – even though I stay for a sociable coffee afterwards. I thought at first, being in my late 60s, I would not be able to keep up with the group, but you can join in the walking whatever your level of fitness. Keep going and your fitness and stamina improves. It’s surprising how much more confidant and faster my walking is now! I’ve met so many nice people. I’ve discovered the countryside around Tameside.

Keeping fit and being sociable. A great combination!