RESIDENTS are being invited to stride out to enjoy a taste of Nordic Walking for free.

The invitation comes from Helen Murray from Chelford, who is a local Nordic Walking Instructor.

Nordic Walking is fitness walking with specially designed poles, and Helen is providing free activities for everyone as part of National Fitness Day 2019 - the most active day of the year.

National Fitness Day is on Wednesday, September 25, and sees the nation celebrate the fun and thrills of physical activity.

Throughout the UK people of all ages can enjoy a huge range of activities such as treadmill challenges, dance-offs and Pilates classes.

Helen will be offering residents the opportunity to take part in Nordic Walking Tasters and Adventure Walks for free on Tuesday, September 24 and Wednesday, September 25 in and around Chelford and Knutsford.

Helen said: "I am passionate about helping people to move more, so I am thrilled to be involved in National Fitness Day by providing free Nordic Walking activities.

The fitness expert, who is also a qualified Cancer and Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist, recognises that taking the first steps towards an active lifestyle can be daunting, but says it does get easier once you find something you enjoy.

She added: “I’ve seen so many people whose lives have completely changed, simply through the power of exercise.

“The great thing about Nordic Walking is that it’s straight-forward to learn because it takes something we do on a daily basis – walking – and enhances it through the use of special poles,” she said.

No previous Nordic Walking experience is necessary, and poles will be provided for the walks, but booking is essential.

For more information about the walks and details of how to contact Helen, visit her website

Helen added: “I love to help people of all ages and abilities to stay active and move more.

“I get a real thrill from helping others to step out of their comfort zones and lead a healthy life. My style is patient, yet encouraging, fun yet safe and there are aways smiles.”

Helen is a Level 4 Cancer and Exercise Rehabilitation specialist, and is is proud to work for Move Charity, supporting children and young people living with and beyond cancer.