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Quest and Thrive is thrilled to be bringing Nordic walking to Kerry for the first time ever this June Bank Holiday Weekend!

Training will be delivered by certified expert instructors, Joanne and Tony Burke, of Nordic Fitness Ireland. Participants will get to do a Nordic walking session with the instructors on the Bog Road in Listowel. At the end of each session, you will be treated to delicious homebaked treats and refreshments.

Nordic walking poles will be provided by Nordic Fitness Ireland. Wear comfortable clothes and good walking shoes or runners. Bring a rain jacket in case it rains, a sunhat in case the sun shines, and wear sun protection no matter what the day is like!

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This form of walking is growing in popularity thanks to its proven strength-training and cardio benefits. The method, which originated in Finland, involves walking with specially designed poles with a strap. It is characterised by a distinct walking technique that involves planting the poles behind you and pushing off with each stride, propelling yourself forward.

It is a full-body exercise where special poles are used to activate the upper body while you walk. When you do a Nordic walking session you engage up to 90% of your muscles, as opposed to the 50% that are engaged during normal walking and hiking.

It’s a fantastic workshop for people of all ages and fitness levels – and you get to burn more calories and work more muscles than with conventional walking! Nordic walking offers numerous benefits that can enhance your physical and mental well-being. In addition to getting outside and moving, the benefits of Nordic walking include:

 Engages the entire body for overall fitness
 Provides an excellent cardiovascular workout, lowers blood pressure, and reduces the risk of heart disease
 Is low-impact, high reward and joint-friendly, reducing stress on joints
 Enhances balance, stability, and promotes better posture
 Is an effective tool for weight management and calorie burn
 Promotes mental well-being, reduces stress, and improves mood
 Is a versatile activity that can be adapted to individual fitness levels and goals

Joanne and Tony Burke hold qualifications in Fitness Walking obtained through the YMCA program. Moreover, they have received comprehensive training in Nordic Walking from both the International Nordic Walking Association (INWA) and Nordic Walking UK (NWUK). Their expertise is further enhanced as they are recognised as Master Trainers by the Original Nordic Walking Federation (ONWF).

After retiring from nursing, Joanne pursued certification as a fitness and Nordic walking instructor. Her unique blend of experience, empathy, and infectious enthusiasm has helped people of all ages and fitness levels improve their overall well-being and discover the joys of Nordic walking.

Tony is widely recognised in Ireland as a renowned rock climber and mountaineer. His adventurous spirit has taken him to extraordinary heights, including being part of the first Irish Everest Expedition, in 1993. In 2000, he experienced a life-altering event when he was struck by an avalanche during a climbing expedition in Chamonix in the French Alps.

Despite being told he would never walk unaided again, Tony defied all the odds and, at 50, he embraced a new chapter in life by taking up running. His determination and resilience led him to complete numerous marathons and ultra-marathons, showcasing his remarkable strength and tenacity. During his running journey, Tony discovered the immense benefits of Nordic walking, particularly in enhancing his performance during ultra-events. Intrigued by its potential, he underwent training to become a Nordic walking instructor, bringing his wealth of experience and passion for fitness to
others who seek to push their limits.

Joanne and Tony are deeply committed to empowering individuals of all ages and fitness levels to surpass their goals, exceed their own expectations, and embrace a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

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What to bring - Move, Breathe, Swim, Eat

What we provide

– Trained instructor
– Healthy, nutritious lunch and drinks

What to bring

– Comfortable, stretchy pants/shorts
– Swimsuit
– Tee-shirt (long or short sleeves)
– Warm light top or fleece and socks
– Comfortable footwear
– Water bottle
– Towel
– Light blanket

Suitable for age 8+

Available all year round