The Evolution of Nordic Walking
There are several reasons that Urban Poles are being adopted and endorsed by some of the Top Fitness Instructors & Physiotherapists in Canada.
Those reasons include our unique, patented ergonomic strapless handle design and the boot-shaped rubber tip.
Why Strapless Handles?
The ergonomic strapless handle on our Nordic Walking Poles was carefully designed to most effectively exercise all the body’s major muscles and develop “core fitness” as you are poling! Just like your walking shoes, we designed a left and a right handed grip for maximum comfort.
No straps you ask? Designed from a health and fitness perspective we do not want to see our clients strapped into our poles. Walking with poles is very safe but by not using straps we can prevent any possible skier’s like thumb injuries. (The term skier’s thumb is generally refers to a hyperextension of the thumb) – Safety always comes first!
By not having straps on your poles you’re getting more value – performance, comfort and safety. This is the “evolution” of Nordic walking!
Secondly, our grip design is highly functional when your hand loosely sits on the flared base of handle. When correctly used with our technique you will more effectively targets your core muscles, described in detail in our instructional DVD.
Essentially, each time you swing your arm forward, you must plant your pole into the ground and as you walk through your stride you push off or “propel” yourself forward.
The slight downward pressure you apply with your hand as you push off is resisted by the base of the grip. It is this motion that activates your core muscles.
Consider this, if you walk one mile with the poles you will achieve 1800 abdominal muscles contractions and 900 lateral muscle contractions, per side!
No other Nordic walking pole can give you the kind of full body workout you get with Urban Poles.
Reduce Impact On Lower Joints
As you activate the muscles in your arms, back and core area, you effectively reduce the load on your lower joints.
This means that you can walk further and more frequently, with less pain and discomfort in your knees and hips.
The handle design also promotes better posture while you’re walking, keeping you upright and with the proper spinal curvature.
Burn More Calories, Lose More Weight
Additionally, when you use Urban Poles, you activate more of your muscles than with other poles. The more muscles you use, the more calories you will burn with the same amount of effort.
This increased caloric expenditure, in addition to a healthy diet, can help you lose weight or maintain your ideal body weight.
The Urban Poling Boot Tip
The other feature of Urban Poles that sets us apart from other Nordic walking poles on the market is our high quality boot-like tip, which reduces the vibration that travels up the pole and into your hands and arms.
The boot tips have three functions:
- They flex on contact with the ground for a softer feel and absorb shock and vibrations reducing stress to your joints.
- The tread provides better contact and creates resistance as you apply force to the poles.
- The tips help propel you forward faster to achieve a better workout.
Urban Poling boot tips are made from high grade rubber. However, with regular use (2-3 times per week over a year) the tread will likely be worn down and the boot tips should be replaced.
When you consider the alternatives, Urban Poles really are the best choice for your next pair of Nordic walking poles.