About Us

There is a solution for everyone who wants to keep fit and healthy. And  Ridgeway Nordic Walking can help you enjoy a great way to stay on top.
We believe Nordic Walking is the most universal form of keeping Fit and Healthy – from Senior citizen to top athlete there are great benefits.
We mainly walk in the Tring /Berkhamsted/Aldbury area but venture out to other areas for longer monthly walks exploring new footpaths and landscapes.
Ridgeway Nordic Walking in association with Vivo FitnessLtd  has lots of other fitness solutions including Personal Training, Power Plate and Bootcamps Sports Massage and Therapy, as well as amazing fitness holidays in UK and Europe. What ever your goal we can help .

Karen Lem

Director Vivo Fitness Ltd
After 20 years in corporate business Karen decided to follow her passion- Fitnenss and Wellbeing.Since 2006 Vivo has developed into an holistic and comprehensive source for anyone wanting to feel good about themselves,their health and their body.

Karen has an enthusiastic and infectious approach suitable for all age groups and all goals. Her real passion is to be outdoors so Nordic Walking an essential part of both her business and personal stay healthy regime.

“You cant beat being out in the beautiful countryside and landscapes of any country in any weather!”

Pam Cooper

Pam loves the outdoors. Although she specialises in personal training and Pilates, Nordic Walking is a particular favorite.

Getting out in the countryside and exercising at the same time is a perfect combination. The mix of lots of different ways to exercise and a good healthy way of eating is perfect for good health and wellbeing.

Vivo Fitness and Ridgeway Nordic Walking can provide any client with the right solution and such a great team to work with.

Elizabeth Everington

I came to Nordic Walking after getting well from a life debilitating illness and a desire to walk the length of this beautiful land: Britain. As a lifetime lover of walking, I became very despondent when I was struck down with ME/CFS and told I would never be well enough to walk in our wonderful countryside again.

Thankfully I did regain my health through alternative therapies, and am now a hypnotherapist and life coach working with people to be the best they can be, and an exceedingly proud member of ‘The end to enders’ club of length of Britain walkers since 2013.

NW seems a very natural part of the healing and life affirming process and so I trained as a NW leader. My deepest pleasure in life is walking the hills and countryside of Britain, and as such like to get out there for hours at a time. My walking style is steady over distance, whilst taking a little time to appreciate all that is around us. So if a 2+ hour walk through the Hertfordshire countryside covering approximately 6 miles takes your fancy, then I very much look forward to meeting you and sharing in our beautiful land whilst having a full body workout: what could be better?

Bryony Evans

I LOVE Nordic Walking as it really adds variety to my work. As a Personal Trainer, a lot of my work is gym or home-based, and Nordic Walking appeals to me not only for being outside in the fresh air, but because it is a PERFECT fat burning intensity workout too!

I enjoy walking with a group where everyone is chatting away, enjoying the sights and smells of the woods, fields and rolling hills. Nordic Walking has revealed to me so much about myself and others, and I want to share this with as many people as possible. I enjoy it so much, I have now got my mum and dad on board too!

Emma Wrighton

Emma has an art and design background, originally training as a textile designer. Having worked in the greeting card industry for over 20 years, Emma’s long standing passion for the outdoors has finally tempted her away from her desk and out into the countryside.

An enthusiastic ‘holiday walker’, around the stunning landscape of the South West, Emma was introduced to Nordic Walking several years ago by her inspirational personal trainer, Karen Lem of local Ridgeway Nordic Walking.

Emma soon realised the importance and substantial health benefits that Nordic Walking can offer to all ages and abilities. Recently training, initially as a walk leader, and now an instructor, Emma’s aim is to motivate and encourage everyone to live a happy, healthy and active life, recognising the importance of green space interaction in our daily lives.

Wanting to share this enthusiasm, Emma’s walks are designed to challenge and inspire the body and mind and always with a SMILE!

Mike Neary

I have always kept myself fit, spending 22 years in the military gave me a love of the outdoors. I can’t think of anything better than Nordic Walking with a group of people who have the same love of the outdoors.

I found Nordic Walking by accident, but loved it immediately. After my taster session I purchased a set of poles and progressed from there, walking on average around 30 to 40 miles a week.

It’s a whole-body exercise everyone can do, there’s no limitation on age or fitness level. Nordic Walking is now my main fitness strategy, after 42 years of being a cyclist but no longer allowed to ride, Nordic Walking is my new passion.

Melanie Davis

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Nordic Walking because it is so me.  It combines my passion for the beautiful English countryside and need for fresh air with my enthusiasm for exercise and fitness.  It not only gives me a fantastic all over body workout but is great for my soul and mental well-being too.

I can honestly say Nordic Walking has transformed my life since I retired from nursing.  It has given me a sense of purpose and a fabulous new hobby.  Who would have thought that in my 60th year, I would train to become a Nordic Walking Instructor but I feel so privileged to have been given the opportunity to enable others to learn the technique and take up this amazing activity.

Most important of all, Nordic Walking has introduced me to a bunch of like-minded people and I have made some fabulous new friends.  I love to hear everyone chatting whilst enjoying the surrounding scenery in the constantly changing seasons.  Walking in a group makes me feel safe and enables me to get out when friends and family are not available.  I also enjoy a challenge (I climbed Kilimanjaro a few years ago) and love taking part in challenge events with the supportive bunch of people that are Nordic Walkers.

Sally Courtney

About 10 years ago I discovered the health merits of Nordic Walking. At that time, I was working long hours in a very stressful environment and Nordic Walking provided me with long term mental & physical wellbeing, which in turn, helped me to be as productive as possible in my workplace environment.

After a short break, I have re-discovered Nordic Walking again. Immediately remembering the benefits that it had brought me years ago, I quickly made up my mind that this wasn’t something that I was going to easily give up again!

Recently my work life changed, which has meant that I have had the opportunity to train as a Nordic Walking Instructor. The benefits from Nordic Walking for me are huge, particularly the sociable, outdoor exercise element. I have a relaxed and friendly approach to leading walks and look forward to meeting and helping others to benefit and enjoy these Nordic Walks.

Jacqui Thomasen

Jacqui is passionate about Nordic walking as it combines her love of finding wild food and herbs, watching birds, seeing the seasons change and exercising without noticing!

She discovered Nordic walking after a career in corporate communications left her depleted and stressed and she found that the combination of great company, outdoor exercise and the extra Vitamin D were an excellent way to revitalise and feel truly well. She trained as an instructor to help bring the benefits of Nordic walking to her workplace and to those who want to fit effective exercise into an already busy schedule.

Still working part-time in communications, Jacqui is also a vegan chef, catering for wellness retreats and yoga supper clubs; a herbalist-in-training; and loves to write to share her passion for living well.

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