Rheumatoid Arthritis & Ankylosing Spondylitis and Nordic Walking with Julia Mitchell

In episode 23,  I’m talking to Julia Mitchell from Healthy Steps in Warwickshire, where she teaches Nordic Walking, Tai Chi and a healthy approach to life.  Twenty years ago, Julia was a busy IT executive, but then a diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis that affects the spine, forced her to reassess her priorities. In this episode Julia and I discuss Rheumatoid Arthritis a long-term autoimmune disease that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints.  Typically there are periods when symptoms become worse, known as flare ups that cause damage to the joints.  These flare ups are unpredictable. Today we particularly focus on Ankylosing Spondylitis, often known as AS, and we will learn from Julia’s experiences how Nordic Walking can be of benefit. Rheumatoid Arthritis Organisations in the UK:NRASVersus ArthritisRheumatoid Arthritis Organisations in USARheumatoid Arthritis Foundation This weekend is a fundraising weekend and the campaign is called ‘Step forward for AS’ so really appropriate for Nordic walking. Step forward for AS | National Axial Spondyloarthritis Society (nass.co.uk)Homepage | National Axial Spondyloarthritis Society (nass.co.uk)Find An Instructorhttps://britishnordicwalking.org.uk/apps/store-locatorIf you have enjoyed this podcast, I would be very grateful if you could show your support by buying me a coffee!  This enables me to continue producing these podcasts, as it will go towards covering the server and podcast platform licenses.   Not only is Nordic Walking a whole body workout, but it is also one of the safest and most sociable way to exercise.  Classes always finish up in a cafe enjoying a coffee together. Many thanks, Mary xI'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk#NordicWalking #WeAreNordicWalking #BritNW #BritishNordicWalking #INWA #NordicWalkingEastAnglia #onwf #nordicwalkinguk #walx #nordicwalkingaustralia #nordixx #urbanpoling #ANWA #anwaUSA #nordicwalkingnewzealand #nordicpolewalking #nordicpolewalkingnovascotia #nordicacademy #polewalking #lekipoles #exelpoles #fitnesswalking #skiwalking #polewalking #wellbeing #fitness #greatoutdoors  #greengym #mentalhealth #mentalwellbeing  #menopossibilities #weightloss #posture #useitorloseit  #exerciseoutdoors #exerciseoutside #activeageing #nutritiousmovement  #exerciseanywhere  #BetterHealth #GreatOutdoors #fitnessforallages #exercisetogether #walkwithease #exel #leki #rheumatoidarthritissupportuk #rheumatoidarthritissupportgroup #rheumatoidarthritisSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/walkingonair)

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A podcast for the Nordic Walking Community, both current members; those considering taking up this wonderful exercise; and people who want to learn more. Each week, I interview an expert in Nordic Walking and discuss the benefits of Nordic Walking on both physical and mental health. I am Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia.