Mansfield Courier

Nordic walking - a new way to explore the High Country

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EXPLORING the High Country around Mansfield now has a new, fun way of seeing places you know and love, or discoverin­g them for the first time.

Mansfield couple Lisa and Rob Deeble (and their dog Cooper) have started up Kiss Fitness, and are taking fun, fitness and adventure to new heights with their High Country Nordic Walking Adventures.

Nordic walking is a form of fitness that is growing rapidly right across the world, and started in Scandinavi­a, but has quickly grown in popularity in Australia, and now here in Mansfield.

Nordic walking uses specially designed poles and a learned technique to produce a low impact, high result, total body workout.

According to the Nordic Academy in Australia, this form of fitness activates up to 90 per cent of your body’s muscles, and burns 40 per cent more calories than walking, and is an activity for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level.

Lisa and Rob, together with assistant Amanda Poulson, are keen to show you how to achieve great results, and get back to exploring your own backyard, our beautiful mountains.

From their picturesqu­e property “Traquair Estate” in McLeod Lane, Kiss Fitness also runs a well-appointed gym, and a superb farmstay cottage.

Traquair Estate is named after the oldest bed and breakfast establishm­ent in Mansfield, Scotland, and the property where the Deebles live was built by Roy Frost who spent time as a child at Traquair in Scotland.

Their business operation has taken many years of research, study, and training to arrive where they are now, and both Lisa and Rob are fully qualified in all areas of outdoor and fitness educa- tion, emergency and first aid management, hospitalit­y and tourism.

Nobody is more qualified to run these Nordic walking programs, and they offer three experience­s: a ‘come and try’ walk or a ‘base to peak’ experience at The Paps, and a full day guided ‘hills to hut’ adventure at The Bluff where all local transport, catering, and Nordic poles are included.

For a complete weekend, the cottage at Traquair Estate provides superb accommodat­ion for up to 10 people, affording great views and warm hospitalit­y from Lisa and Rob (and Cooper who will greet you with wagging tail on your arrival).

Nordic walking is great fun, great fitness, easy to learn, great for all ages and fitness levels, and in Lisa and Rob, you can have confidence that your experience will be one of the best.

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