A GROUP of Wearside civil servants are feeling the benefit of regular exercise – in a way that’s not too taxing.
Teams of employees from two Washington offices are making big strides towards being fitter and healthier after taking up Nordic walking during their lunch breaks.
“We had a Nordic walking taster session with Go Smarter to Work and it was really interesting and good exercise.”Malcolm Richardson, from HMRC Weardale House.
Staff at the Department of Work and Pensions’ Durham House base and HM Revenue and Customs’ Weardale House site are holding regular Nordic walking sessions after being introduced to it by staff from Sunderland City Council’s Go Smarter to Work project.
The council scheme encourages people to try out greener and healthier forms of travel.
Project worker Tracey Enguita said: “Nordic walking is a fantastic form of exercise as it’s easy for everyone to do regardless of their fitness levels. It’s fun, and it’s also a fantastic workout.”
Go Smarter to Work held a series of lessons for staff, before donating sets of walking poles to both the DWP and HMRC.
Malcolm Richardson, of HMRC’s Weardale House office, said: “We had a Nordic walking taster session with Go Smarter to Work, and it was really interesting and good exercise.
“Some of our staff are now trained as Nordic walking leaders, so they can lead group outings.
“There are lots of nice parks nearby, so we’ll be holding regular lunchtime sessions for staff here.”
Go Smarter to Work is Tyne and Wear’s sustainable travel programme, working to encourage people to use green and healthy forms of transport.