Mike Stead

Mike is a Nordic Walking UK Accredited Instructor and Delivery Partner. He started up Positively Nordic in April 2015, after first coming across the activity whilst on holiday in Austria. ‘You see people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels  over there out Nordic walking, and I started to read up on it, and watch videos about it, and I hadn’t realised until then what a brilliant form of all-round exercise it is. I was doing quite a bit of cycling at the time, and although that’s great for the leg muscles, the upper body definitely had that ‘before’ look about it!  So I learned how to do it. Then I trained to be a NWUK qualified instructor, and then set up our venture. Without doubt it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.’

Mike runs ‘taster’ sessions, Power of Poles Introductory sessions, the optional, more advanced Power of Poles 2 session, as well as leading regular walks. He particularly enjoys seeing how people progress, from feeling a bit awkward (and perhaps a bit self-conscious) when they first start to learn to Nordic walk, to then seeing  them confidently striding out on the walks, looking very natural, and enjoying it. ‘On the face of it’, Mike says ‘Nordic walking looks dead easy and you wouldn’t necessarily think there’s much to learn. But to get the many benefits, it needs to be done properly. As everyone who’s learned the technique knows, the brain and the body tend to do strange things when we suddenly have four legs again!’

‘I love being outdoors, in all weathers, and keeping fit surrounded by our beautiful countryside, and introducing others to Nordic walking. And I have Jo and Cas to support me and keep me in check. Marvellous!’