Wendi Paterson Inspiration Award – August
This month we would like to acknowledge Verla Fortier and Mr. & Mrs. Camacho for being the recipients of our Wendi Paterson Inspiration Award. We congratulate them both (rather all three!) for achieving great success with pole walking and inspiring others to do the same.
Mrs. Camacho, too, has her own empowering experience with the poles. She is a breast cancer survivor who has high blood pressure and pre-diabetes. Because of the medications she is currently taking, her walking pace is much slower, and she often grasps nearby objects to help her walk. As is often the case, she used a walker as a mobility aid but the lowered handles, affected her posture, and she was slouched over-which only further exacerbated her condition. Despite the debilitating effects, “she was attached to her walker for security, but once she started, (walking with Urban Poles) she’s getting used to it and telling her friends.” It may take some time to get accustomed to a new tool that’s meant to increase your mobility, but according to Nina, “They both feel their triceps and lats now. They feel the difference.”
We believe that just about anyone can learn how to walk with poles and truly walk their way to better health. The Camachos are a prime example and we wish them continued success with Urban Poling! Hopefully their story will inspire others to pick up their own set of poles and walk happier & healthier-it all starts with a step!
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