ACTIVATOR Course – Section 2
A brief overview of published studies on Nordic walking is given in this section.
- What are the researched benefits of walking poles for those with Parkinson’s?
- What are the researched benefits of walking poles for older adults?
- What are the benefits of using poles vs the limitations of canes & walkers?
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Links to published research studies on Nordic walking can be accessed under www.urbanpoling.com under Health+Research
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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