Active Living with Arthritis

Conditions involving joint pain, stiffness, swelling and discomfort such as arthritis, often pose a challenge for physicians in recommending a routine physical activity program due to the ongoing pain and fatigue, changes in functional abilities, and also mood disturbances often experienced by these patients. Yet, research clearly shows that physical activity, particularly aerobic exercise, may enhance mood, reduce anxiety and depression, while helping to offset the fatigue and to some degree the symptoms of pain itself.

Urban poling (aka Nordic walking) is an evidence-based innovative activity which maximizes the health benefits of exercise. Walking with specialized poles (such as Urban poles), compared to walking without poles, activates up to 90% of muscles, providing both aerobic and resistance training. Importantly, the activity of urban poling may result in improved mood, increased self-esteem, and social interaction, contributing to improved overall sense of well-being. Research also indicates that walking with poles may increase exercise tolerance and personal excursion limits, which allows patients to walk further and longer, motivating patients to incorporate poling into their daily routine.

My Activator poles have been a significant resource in my rehabilitation and reentry into the active world. My walking has improved dramatically and therefore my overall mobility has made a quantum leap improvement.  Marnie, Osteoarthritis

The Arthritis Society


Urban Poling is proud to be a corporate sponsor of The Arthritis Society.

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Why Health Professionals recommend ACTIVATORs

ACTIVATOR™ Poles were designed by a Canadian therapist with the following unique features for mobility.

  • Ergonomic CoreGrip for weight-bearing and core strengthening
  • Strapless to reduce the risk of injury
  • Secure button locking system offers greater weight bearing capacity compared to turning lock systems
  • Bell shaped tip for stability
  • Carbide steel tip for winter walking
  • 3 Anti-vibration features minimizing stress on joints.

Consult your physician or therapist before using the poles if you currently use a cane or walker, have any medical condition which affects your balance, stability, grip strength, vision, depth judgement or co-ordination, or if you are currently recovering from injury or surgery.

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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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