Nordic walking is way ahead for Nigel

Fancy a spot of beneficial walking? Well Nigel Pallett is just the man to lead the way.

Thursday, 28th February 2013, 11:25 am
WALK TALL: Nigel strides out Nordic style

The former Myerscough College student has chosen to return to the area where he studied more than a decade ago intent on further developing a new career with two roles - as a Nordic walking instructor and as a sports massage therapist.

The 41-year-old one time Youth Hostel Association manager worked in the tourism and leisure industry for 15 years, with final roles as manager of the Sandown Youth Hostel on the Isle of Wight and Brighton Youth Hostel.

Taking redundacy, he went travelling and then retrained as a personal trainer and sports massage therapist.

“I was 36 when I decided on a change - I wanted to make sure I enjoyed what I was doing for work.”

One year later he topped up his training with Nordic Walking. He said: “Nordic walking is a development of cross-country skiing. It’s a summer training in Scandinavia for cross country skiiers so they can keep themselves fit. It’s walking with poles so training the upper body as well as the lower body so you’re using 46 per cent more muscles than you would with ordinary walking. You’re generating power using poles to propel yourself along. You walk with a straight arm, there’s a specific technique to make the most out of the fitness.”

Now he rents a room from Garstang Physiotherapy Clinic on Bridge Street for the massage work and also offers sessions at the Alderbank clinic, in Grimsargh.

As a volunteer First Aid and Fitness Consultant he helps Garstang Football Club and is just about to launch a series of Nordic Walking classes in Garstang and Lancaster.

He said: “Nordic walking is an excellent way of exercising the whole of the body by just going out for a walk.”

Nigel advises training takes four hours done over a four week period at a charge of £25. A charge of £5 will be made for subsequent sessions. The fee includes use of the special poles which are longer than normal trekking poles.

His narrowboat - called appropriately Therapeutic - came from necessity: “At the time I retrained I didn’t have the money to pay a deposit down on a house.”

Now moored at the Barton Grange Marina, near Garstang, he said: “I was a student at Myerscough in the early 1990s studying a Recreational Land Management HND and always loved the area. I knew I would come back to it eventually.”

More information can be found on Nigel’s website or call 0785 1296300.