Indigenous – Introduction to Urban Poling

Find out how Urban Poling has become a highly effective and fun tool for first nation wellness programs. There are over 114 independent studies demonstrating the benefits of walking poles including: burning 2O to 46% more calories compared to walking, targeting your core muscles (especially important for diabetics), improving mood and reducing fatigue. We are very proud that our Spirit poles* were designed by Jordan Stranger, a young indigenous artist from Winnipeg. Learn about using Urban Poling for programs targeting diabetes, pre/post natal, youth, mental health and addiction and elders. We offer wholesale pricing to First Nation groups (up to 45% off)  and specialized training programs so your in-house staff can provide the program instead of using instructors outside of your community.

*3% of all Spirit poles are being donated to National Aboriginal Diabetes Association and the Canadian Diabetes Association.  We have also designed a special poles for elders who have balance and stability issues called the ACTIVATOR poles.

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Going downhill

For moderately steep slopes, simply decrease the pressure on the base of the handles or drag your poles behind you. For steep slopes, keep your poles upright and in front and out to the side slightly, so if you do fall you won’t land on your poles. Bend your knees and elbows, and slow down any momentum. For long descents, it may be helpful to lengthen the poles.
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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