Health Benefits

Dr. Agnes Coutinho (PhD)

Health professionals are recommending the Urban & ACTIVATOR poles as over 115 studies on PubMed clearly show walking with poles is an effective, safe and enjoyable physical activity. Physical activity, such as walking with poles, can provide improvement in all spectrums of health including physical, psychological and social well-being. Clients with injuries, chronic conditions, post-surgery, older adults and mental health issues agree the Urban & ACTIVATOR poles promotes greater independence and improves quality of life.

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These easy to read charts below were designed to provide you with a guidelines on whether your health is better suited to using the Urban poles or ACTIVATOR poles.  If you have any health concerns, we also advise you to seek the guidance of your physician or treating health care professional.

▼ Series 300, 4Life, Spirit Poles & Adventure Poles

Benefits

Excellent Fitness Activity

  • Exercises 90% of your muscles & reduces stress on lower joints
  • Burns up to 47% more calories over walking without poles
  • Works your core muscles: walking, snowshoeing or climbing mountains

Key Features Designed for Fitness

  • Boot shaped tips for speed & increasing cardiovascular workout
  • Large ergonomic handle with wide base for core strengthening & resistance training
  • Strapless for injury prevention
  • Anti-vibration features
  • Secure twist locking system

Healthy Heart

  • Promotes healthy blood cholesterol
  • Promotes lower resting hearth rate and blood pressure
  • Promotes increased peak exercising heart rate

Diabetes

  • Promotes healthy blood glucose management
  • Promotes healthy weight loss
  • Reduces pain caused by insufficient blood flow during exercise

Pre/Postnatal Fitness

  • Promotes blood glucose management (lowers risk of gestational diabetes)
  • Promotes healthy weight management and postnatal weight loss
  • Reduces pain caused by insufficient blood flow during exercise

Injuries

  • Reduces impact off lower extremities muscles
  • Improves posture
  • Promotes a normal walking pattern during recovery

Mental Health

  • Improves self-esteem and overall feeling of well being
  • Promotes social interaction
  • Reduces anxiety, stress and depression

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

  • Helps counteract fatigue and increase energy levels
  • Helps with pain management
  • Promotes muscular endurance, upper body mobility and strength

Health benefits summarized by:
Dr. Agnes Coutinho,
BKin, PhD Endocrinology

▼ ACTIVATOR Poles

Benefits

Appropriate Exercise with Key Features Designed for Rehab

  • Bell shaped tips for stability
  • Large ergonomic handle with wide base for weight bearing and stability
  • Strapless for injury prevention
  • Secure locking system for greater weight bearing support (200 lbs per pole)
  • Anti-vibration features

Hip & Knee Pre/Post Surgery

  • Reduces impact on knee & hip joints
    Fall prevention
    Increased gait speed

Parkinson’s, MS, ABI, CVA

  • Promotes good posture, stability and balance
  • Increases walking speed and distance
  • Promotes increased core strength and functional independence

Arthritis

  • Reduces impact on knee & hip joints
  • Promotes upper extremity mobility and strength
  • Increases walking speed and distance

Vestibular Conditions

  • Promotes good posture, stability and balance
  • Promotes greater exercise tolerance
  • Improves functional independence and confidence

Post Spinal Stenosis Surgery

  • Promotes good posture
  • Promotes greater walking tolerance
  • Increases core strengthening

Respiratory Conditions

  • Promotes good posture
  • Promotes greater walking tolerance
  • Promotes functional independence

Fibromyalgia

  • Increases ROM
  • Improves walking tolerance
  • Improves quality of life

 

Health benefits summarized by:
Dr. Agnes Coutinho,
BKin, PhD Endocrinology

The information in this publication/presentation is not intended as advice to be relied on, but is merely intended for informational purposes. The reader should not rely on this publication but should consult current rehabilitation techniques. Urban Poling Inc. and its employees and representatives do not accept any liability for the information contained in this publication or any damages.

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