About Us

We are a friendly group of instructors of love to share their passion for Nordic Walking and helping people to achieve their goals. Nothing make us happier than to see someone learn about Nordic Walking, fall in love with it and then use it hit their personal weight loss or fitness goals.

You don’t have to be a member and you will always be welcome. Nordic Walking is great fun and our instructors will not only ensure that you reach your health goals but that you have a great time doing it! You will learn all you need to know in a relaxed friendly atmosphere with the Learn To Nordic Walk course.

You can read about each class and instructor on our website. We cater for all ages and level of fitness.

Karen Lem

After 20 years in co-orporate 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 !”

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!

Mel 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.

Milton Keynes Council

Milton Keynes Council offers a range of Nordic Walking groups, to suit walkers of all fitness levels.

We lead walks across the whole city, to provide the opportunity for you to see the wide range of parks and open spaces available in MK.

The walks are all led by qualified walk leaders, offering safe, secure and fun suitable routes for all.

Nordic Walking enables you to make new friends, improve your health, stay active, and have fun!  It is a great way to get to know the local area too.

Jyoti Palmer

Jyoti has a friendly, relaxed and motivating approach to Nordic Walking. Looking for a low impact, whole body, fitness routine following surgery, Jyoti discovered Nordic Walking and hasn’t looked back since.

Wanting to spread the word and show how accessible Nordic Walking is to people of all ages and abilities, Jyoti decided to become a Nordic Walking UK Instructor and has worked alongside Milton Keynes Council for several years delivering Learn To Nordic Walk programmes and leading local walks.

Jyoti enthusiastically believes in the importance of outdoor exercise for our wellbeing as well as the sociable benefits of a group walk.

Kurshida Mirza

Kurshida Mirza is a qualified Nordic Walking UK Instructor who has been delivering Walking for Health and Nordic Walking since 2011 as a volunteer for Milton Keynes Council. She loves Nordic Walking and being outdoors as well as climbing the many peaks in England, Wales and Scotland. Her passion is to climb Ben Nevis next having climbed Snowdon and Scafell Pike many times!

Kurshida has lived in Milton Keynes since 1990 and has a good walking knowledge of Milton Keynes and the surrounding area. Kurshida is a Trustee for MK Community Foundation, Chair of Citizens MK, founder of Trubys Garden Tea Room – Milton Keynes’s Interfaith cafe and the West Midlands Lead for Housing LIN (a learning and improvement network connecting housing, health and care).

Kurshida is passionate about creating opportunities for interfaith dialogue and all her voluntary and community work reflects this.


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