Who’s With US

The Urban Poling Team is thrilled to be launching this movement and our mission is clear: to inspire Canadians of all ages & stages to get together in a literal movement towards better health. We have many who support us already and we encourage more to come on board. We will continue to share quotes and stories through our website, blog & Facebook of those who tell us why they believe in the Urban Poling Together Movement as well as how they intend to inspire people to get moving.

 

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“Exercise is Medicine Canada (EIMC) supports ‘Together + Movement’. EIMC provides national leadership in promoting physical activity as a chronic disease prevention and management strategy to improve the health of Canadians. EIMC promotes walking as one of the best physical activities that can be done safely to enhance health and well-being. For those wanting to increase the intensity of their walking program or who need a little assistance with stability while walking, particularly on trails or other uneven surfaces, walking poles can be a great asset! Walking together, with friends and family, increases the fun factor and helps get more of us moving.”
– Dr. Brian MacIntosh, Chair, Exercise is Medicine Canada National Task Force

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“Vestibular Disorders Association believes in the Urban Poling Together Movement. Through our experiences with Balance Week alone we have been able to see first hand the benefits of Urban Poling for those with balance and stability issues. Through the use of Urban Poles many of our members were able to partake in our Balance Awareness Week events, most notably, the organized walks. We have also seen how powerful it is when a group of people get together and work alongside each other towards a common goal. Thanks to our dedicated team, all of our wonderful sponsors including Urban Poling, we have reached our goal of raising $40,000.”
– Tony Staser, Director, Vestibular Disorders Association

“As a physiotherapist I support the Together + Movement as I have seen numerous benefits of clients using the Urban Poling and Activator walking poles. Clients with decreased grip strength, poor balance and stability often cannot use the Urban Poles and the Urban Poling technique to walk safely. But with the Activator poles and a different technique, they can walk safely. It is great when my client can go out with friends or family members, walking with different poles and poling techniques, but walking side by side. The focus changes from disability to ability.”
– Cathy McNorgan, Physiotherapist, Ontario

Provide variety in your routine, try double poling

Use the standard rhythm and technique, but swing both arms forward at the same time planting the boot tips slightly behind the handles. Then, keeping your arms straight, press down on the base of the handles, walk between your poles and feel your arms extend past your thighs and behind your body.
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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