Over the course of teaching the Urban Poling technique of Nordic walking to people here in Canmore, I have had the priviledge of introducing it to several people who have had significant mobility issues due to arthritis, Parkinson's, diabetes, cancer, MS and to a person recovering from a stroke. These have been the most rewarding episodes, as the impact of learning how to Nordic walk has been nothing short of life-changing for most of these individuals.
Currently, I am recovering from severe back pain and sciatica, which had left me unable to walk more than a few steps or stand for a few seconds without being in terrible pain. Even the simplest of tasks was a challenge when this began. It took me three sessions of working and rest to empty my dishwasher when this problem started! My ACTIVATOR poles have been invaluable in relieving some of that pain and enabling me to walk around the house. I am glad to say that I have improved significantly at this point in time. I have been busy with visits to the chiropractor, physiotherapist, icing my back, swimming, doing short bike rides (which have been comfortable, thanks to my e-bike), and doing rehab exercises. But I still have a way to go.
I had the challenge of dog-sitting last week. As I was unable to walk very far without needing a rest, I took my granddog to where my Nordic walking Quick-Start tours start.... the Spring Creek neighbourhood of Canmore, because the area is sprinkled with delightful benches. I walk past them with my guests all the time. Indeed, Denis, who was working on his stroke recovery this summer, was eager to learn Urban Poling but was concerned because he could not walk for 1.5 hours, the length of the Quick-Start tour. "Not to worry", said I, we will walk and rest, walk and rest, walk and rest. The 1.5 flew by. Denis perfected his Nordic walking technique and we enjoyed lots of bench time, to admire the scenery and discuss the finer points of his new favourite activity. That is what I am now doing, combining Nordic walking with sitting to rest: gentle interval training.
Requirements: your doctor's approval to participate in gentle walking, proof of double vaccination for COVID-19.
Group size: Minimum of two (bring a family member or friend). Maximum of four. Cost: $35 per person plus taxes.
Dates: By appointment or Tues. Nov 2nd, Thurs. Nov 3rd from 1:30 pm - 3 pm or thereabouts.
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It’s as easy as 1-2-3! Simply click the "Book Now" button, select your preferred date to check availability, fill in your personal details and then make a secure payment via credit card. The system will automatically send you a confirmation of your session with the relevant details.
Liability waivers are a necessary part of any commercial activity experience. I recommend that you take the time now to review this legal document that you will be required to sign before we start our clinic or walk together:View the Waiver
Your Health & Physical Activity Readiness:
We ask guests who are experiencing cold symptoms and symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home and practice self-isolation under the direction of the appropriate governing body. For almost everyone, the benefits of physical activity far outweigh any risks. For some individuals, special advice from a Qualified Exercise or health care provider is advisable before becoming more active. This questionnaire is intended for all ages – to help move you along the path to becoming more physically active.
Please review this Questionnaire if you have concerns about your health or fitness level for participating in Nordic walking.
Full refunds are given if a cancellation is received 24 hours or more prior to the clinic or tour date. No refunds are given with less than 24 hours notice. Clinics/tours go rain or shine. If the weather is extreme, then it may be cancelled with a full refund given.
Parking is available on-street or in public lots throughout Canmore. It is a good idea to arrive early on busy days to locate suitable parking.
Restrooms are available at the Malcolm hotel in the lobby.
Public restrooms are available within a short walk:
Public pit toilets are available at all trailheads.
Where to meet:
Starting locations will vary seasonally with instructions included in your booking confirmation.
Parking options will vary by location with details included in your booking confirmation.