In this COVID-19 era, the spring of 2020, Urban Poling/Nordic walking shines as a most appropriate outdoor activity. It is an ideal form of exercise on the sidewalks and pathways of your local neighbourhood where our country’s public health leaders and government officials are imploring us to stay for physical activity purposes. Walking is a great outdoor form of exercise, but when you add Urban Poles, Canada’s leading brand of Nordic walking poles, you turbo-charge that walk, turning into a full-body workout that burns mega-calories, works your entire core (abs, chest, back muscles), your shoulders and arms in addition to your legs. It is a fabulous low-impact alternative to jogging that also promotes great posture. Read more here: Urban Poling Shines This Spring
But the benefits do not stop there. You can take your poles indoors to do an endless number of stretching and strengthening exercises. Some of Canada’s leading Urban Poling and personal trainers have recorded some indoor routines to music that will give you a different kind of indoor workout. I have complied some of them here for you. Grab your poles and give it a go!
My 3:00 minute workout: “It’s Safe to Dance!”
Barb Gormley, Urban Poling’s Director of Education, 13 minute workout.
Barb Gormley, Urban Poling’s Director of Education, Seated Desk Exercises, 5 minute workout.
Sharon Lamb, Personal Trainer and UP Instructor in Calgary: 33 minute workout.
Debbie Fenske, Personal Trainer and UP Instructor in Canmore, 4.5 minute workout: “Feeling Good”
Debbie Fenske, Personal Trainer and UP Instructor in Canmore with 4 min of Cha-Cha, Merengue and Tango steps: Pole Dancing!
Sharon Lamb, Personal Trainer and UP Instructor in Calgary, 39 minute Seated Cardio & Pilates Inspired Core Workout
You can even do some basic yoga moves with your poles: Yoga With Poles
Get outside in your local neighbourhood and enjoy your Nordic walking/Urban Poling while physical distancing. Remember, your extended straight arm plus your extended pole will be just about 2 metres…. a handy reference tool. But also enjoy using your poles indoors for some “polerobics” or “pole dancing”. Outdoors or indoors, you can “UP your fit!”
Stay healthy. Stay fit. Stay local.