World Heart Day – Celebrating the Brave Hearts
September 30, 2019 | By Urban Poling
In honour of World Heart Day, which was yesterday September 29, Urban Poling would like to celebrate all the strong-hearted individuals who have “UP-ed” their health and fitness. Everyone knows the many benefits that exercise provides, but you may not be aware of the incredible benefits Urban Poling aka Nordic walking provides. An excellent way to activate approximately 90% of your body’s muscles, this full-body form of fitness really hits the sweet spot because it targets both aerobic and resistance training in one simple work-out!
Evidence based studies on cardiovascular disease patients clearly identify poling as a healthy mode of physical activity suited for primary and secondary intervention, as well as rehabilitation. Urban Poling offers proven beneficial effects on key health parameters which may include:
- Lower resting heart rate
- Higher VO2 max
- Improved blood lipid profile
- Lower total fat mass/decreased waist circumference
- Higher exercise tolerance
- Walking further, more frequently & faster
- Improved mood
Michael Whorms, a former user of our ACTIVATOR poles, said the following:
“After I suffered from 3 heart attacks and a long hospitalization, my muscles had atrophied so that I had lost most of my upper body muscle mass. After my cardiac rehab program, I started to use Urban Pole and the impact was remarkable. Strength once again returned to my upper body and my endurance increased. I do believe that urban poling will eventually bring me back to excellent health.”
Urban Poling is for everyone, all ages and stages, and is an excellent way to maintain a healthy heart in conjunction with proper nutrition, sleep and overall stress management. For anyone that has experienced any cardiac health concern (like a heart attack, cardiomyopathy, etc.), consider discovering what a pair of poles can do for you. Recognizing that people with such conditions are inevitably sensitive to vigorous exercise, we want you to know that it doesn’t have to be extreme. Walking with you, in whatever way we can to best support you, is what we’re all about. If Michael can do it, we think you can, too. Come along for the ride; together, we walk to better health.
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