Left foot, Right foot
August 3, 2016 | By Blue Jay Bridge
My family and I recently returned from a trip to Alberta (Edmonton, Calgary, Canmore and Banff) to celebrate my 40th birthday. A big part of this family trip was experiencing and participating in new and unique (for our prairie family) physical activity opportunities as a family. Essentially we were using physical activity to create memories we will carry with us forever.
One of our most difficult physical activities was hiking up and down Sulphur Mountain (11 km return hike) and the following day Tunnel Mountain (4.3 km return hike) while in Banff.
We had done hiking in backcountry in Manitoba in previous summers, but hiking up and down mountains was a test of physical abilities, physical literacy, and perseverance.
What struck me during our ascent and descent was the number of people that we saw completing the mountain hikes using Urban Poles in order to make their climb safer due to the increased stability and balance availed to them through using Urban Poles, as well as, the added benefit of burning additional calories by using and strengthening their upper body muscles during their hike. Very inspirational for our family!
Thank you Alberta for the inspiration. We’ll be back, and we’ll be bringing our Urban Poles!
Blue Jay BridgeBlue Jay Bridge is a husband and father of 3. He has taught Physical Education for 15 years at the Middle School and Elementary levels. He has presented at provincial and national conferences, and was the co-chair of the 2015 MPETA MTS Phys Ed PD Day conference, a provincial conference attended by over 700 educators.
Walking with poles can help reduce fatigue during and after cancer treatment and has proven beneficial to those in breast cancer rehab. To read more about the research that supports the benefits of Nordic walking for cancer patients, visit the Your Health section of our website.