Friday, April 3, 2009

ParticipACTION Newsletter April 2009

The following is shortened clip from ParticipACTION Canada featuring Graham Watts of Urban Poling
By Graham Watts
Did you see a mysterious "ski-less" cross-country skier on your way to work this morning?

Don't be fooled - this person knows exactly what he or she is doing. Urban poling (aka Nordic walking) is a new fitness trend that is quickly spreading across Canada. Increasing numbers of people are enjoying this user-friendly activity that combines the aerobic and strength-building benefits of cross-country skiing with the convenience of walking. It is very popular in Germany, Switzerland and Scandinavia. (Perhaps this is the secret to the Finns' and Swedes' wonderful health!)

For years, healthcare professionals have pushed the benefits of walking for fitness and well-being. Urban poling takes walking to the next level. Poling with specially designed walking poles provides a surprisingly dynamic workout, engaging almost 90% of the body's muscles, including the core and upper body. Research (some done at the famed Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas) shows that walking with poles also improves posture, balance and stability

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