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Capital Nordic Walking walks for a cause: Top Team Fundraiser!!

ACT Parkinson's Walk in the Park

Capital Nordic Walking friends and family joined together with many other Canberrans in Commonwealth Park on Sunday 30th August 2015 to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s ACT.  At the time of writing this newsletter the Capital Nordic Walking team was the top team fundraiser – raising $2,018.50 of the total $10,054.72 raised so far in the ACT. An impressive effort!!!  Well done team!! Fundraising will close on 19 September and final results and awards will be announced at PACT support groups meetings in October. CNW Team members might like to forward this message onto those who supported their walk with a donation.

Capital Nordic Walking and Parkinson’s ACT sends a big THANKS to all those who contributed – walkers, donations, and support on the day.  Parkinson’s ACT (PACT) promotes the well-being and interests of people with Parkinson’s disease and their families, friends and carers in the ACT and nearby region. It is a voluntary, non-profit organisation providing information, support and education for people living with Parkinson’s. Call PACT on 6290 1984, find them on Facebook or visit our website.

Capital Nordic Walking team from L to R: Fabia, Norah, Isher, Jindo, Kristen, Margaret, Sunita, Amro, Elizabeth and Anne.
Fabia and Kristen - first raising of the new Capital Nordic Walking flag and setting up Nordic Walking display tent
Walk for a cause: a Win-Win
Having a goal to focus on and a rough week-by-week training plan can help keep you motivated and exercising regularly. Doing it with family and/or friends is even better! Combining a training goal with support for a cause that you love or is meaningful to you is a win-win situation: keeping you moving, fit and healthy and raising awareness of and funds for the numerous not-for-profit organisations that do amazing work with little and often no government funding.  Watch the Capital Nordic Walking site for our next Walk for a Cause.

About Australian’s living with Parkinson’s Disease

  • There are around 80,000 Australian’s living with Parkinson’s Disease. 30 Aussies are diagnosed with PD every day.
  • Although many people with Parkinson’s disease continue to live long and rewarding lives - living with Parkinson’s does require continual re-adjustment as the disease slowly progresses through to severe disability. It can cause a slow and awkward gait, rigid limbs, tremor, shuffling and a lack of balance. Patients can lose facial expression and sometimes the ability to speak. In as many as half, the disease also leads to anxiety and depression.
  • The likelihood of developing Parkinson’s disease increases with age, with the average age of onset being 65 years old. Although 1 in 20 people diagnosed with PD are under 40 years old.
  • The World Health Organisation estimates that between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of the world's population over 60 years will double from about 11% to 22%. The absolute number of people aged 60 years and over is expected to increase from 605 million to 2 billion over the same period. So the numbers of people living with PD are going to increase dramatically.
  • The cause of PD is unknown, and there is presently no cure.

Nordic Walking for people with Parkinson’s

As well as raising awareness and understanding of PD and contributing funding to this severely under-funded area – the Capital Nordic Walking team raised awareness of the considerable benefits that Nordic Walking offers to people with PD.
Problems with walking are common for people with Parkinson’s disease; they often take very small steps, have a short arm swing, and walk at a slow speed. These changes can lead to a higher risk of falls and loss of independence

Research shows that Nordic walking can improve the step length, arm swing, and walking speed in people with Parkinson’s Disease.

The specific benefits of Nordic Walking for people with Parkinson’s can be summarized as the 3 Bs:

Promotes BIG:  With regular practice Nordic Walking will reinforce many of the principles of LSVT Big (increased amplitude of limb and body movement – ‘Bigness’) - and help maintain good walking posture, good arm swing, step length and walking speed.

Improves BALANCE: Improved stability and balance due to 4-points of contact with the ground resulting in increased walking confidence and stronger more natural walking performance.

Strengthens BRAIN function
  • Neurological protection: any form of exercise demands increased activity in the brain and nervous system.  Neurological protection is when we try to maintain the strength and function of the nervous system.  Working physically hard (exercising at around 80% of predicted maximum heart rate) has been shown to be one of the best protectors for brain health and protection against degeneration.
  • Neuroplasticity: The brain is able to change, remodel and rewire itself.  Building new pathways depends on many factors, but one of the most effective ways is by repetition of movements.  Nordic Walking can really assist – for example in trying to increase arm swing in normal walking.  Using NW poles requires walkers to swing their arms more than their automatic, often minimal swing.  A 1-km walk will result in around 500 arm swings on each side.
  • Neurorestoration: as a result of the reduction in dopamine-producing cells during PD progression, dopamine-receiving cells also stop working. Exercise has been shown to reactivate the receiving cells, resulting in the brain becoming more efficient at using the dopamine it is producing itself as well as the therapeutic dopamine.

Want to learn more about Nordic Walking?

Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique and not simply walking with poles like trekking or hiking.

Nordic Walking uses the massive power from the entire upper body to turn a “2-wheel drive” activity, such as regular walking or running into a “4-wheel drive” activity engaging over 90% of the body’s skeletal muscles.

Research from Europe and USA has proven that the health benefits of Nordic Walking are significantly greater than regular walking, jogging, swimming and cycling.

Nordic Walking is unique because it can provide benefits for everyone, people of all ages and fitness levels, from those simply wanting to keep feet, lose weight, to those with medical problems or injuries to the super-fit.

Check out these websites to learn more about Nordic Walking and how it can help you achieve your health and fitness goals: 
Capital Nordic Walking
Nordic Academy
Reminder: Next CNW free Spring review/refresher session
Sunday 13th September 2.00 – 4.00pm
Capital Nordic Walking review/refresh sessions are for Nordic Walkers who have completed a Nordic Walking proficiency course and want to review and refresh their technique.

Despite rather chilly weather the August CNW refresh/review session was a great success. We used the time to address individual concerns about technique, practiced the up and down hill technique, as well as powering up and down during a short walk.

Kristen will also have the new  ‘Capital Nordic Walking Tips card’ available – a neat little “cheat sheet” that you can carry with you to ensure that you are getting the most out of your Nordic Walking – and also remind you of the many amazing benefits of Nordic Walking!

LOGISTICS: We meet just before 2.00pm on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin – starting in the Lake corner of the car park on Parkes Way and Queen Elizabeth Terrace (in front of the National Library and Questacon).   Map link

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