Walking is the perfect way to get some exercise while enjoying the fresh air and outdoors. Take walking to a whole new level by adding specially designed poles.
Pole walking (also known as urban poling or Nordic walking) is a total body workout for people of all ages, sizes, health conditions, and athletic abilities.
Enjoy this versatile activity: a fun social workout and adventure that can be done everywhere from neighborhood sidewalks and roads to parks and hiking trails. Add variety and intensity to your walks with interval training, stairs and hill climbing, and yoga. Pole walking offers the same year-round fresh-air experience as running – but without jarring and jostling your joints.SHOW ME THE PROGRAMS
1. Full body muscular workout: Walking with poles activates 90% of muscles compared to walking without poles which activates 40% of muscles.
2. Cardiovascular workout: Walking with poles delivers 25% more of a cardiovascular workout compared to walking without poles.
3. Sculpt & tone: Pole walking works those upper body muscles (arms and shoulders) that are underused when walking without poles (hello short sleeves!).
4. Core strengthening: Strengthens and tones the core and whittles the waist. Your abs tighten each time you push off with your poles. That’s the equivalent of 1,000 abdominal contractions every kilometer or 1,800 each mile.
5. Calorie burning: Pole walking burns up to 46% more calories than standard walking.
6. Pain reduction: Reduces stress on the spine, hips, knees and ankles through the support of poles, which improves balance and stability, and reduces neck pain. Walk further, faster and possibly pain-free.
7. Physical and mental health: heart health, weight management, diabetes prevention and management, boosts mood, and reduces depression and anxiety.
8. Posture: Promotes an upright posture by targeting your upper back muscles, which tighten each time you plant your poles and press down on the ergonomic handles. No more slouchy posture!
9. Range of motion: Increases shoulder range of motion and muscular endurance, which is especially important for recovery from injuries and from acute phase breast cancer surgery.
10. Rehabilitation: Walking with poles helps with balance, stability, flexibility, and range of motion, which is ideal for people living with injuries and health conditions.
The evidence is in: there are over 280 published research studies that support the health and rehabilitation benefits of pole walking.
The CoreGrip ergonomic handles absorb vibrations (in wrist, elbow and shoulder joints) and prevent grip fatigue during long walks. Walkers can loosely and comfortably grip the handle and position the hand and wrist in a natural yet functional position. Pressing onto the ledge side of the handle engages the triceps and core muscles as walkers push off and propel with their poles.
Unlike poles with cork handles and cloth straps, the CoreGrip ergonomic handles do not absorb sweat and are easy to wipe down and clean. This mitigates concerns about transferring germs and risk of infection in settings where poles may be shared (workplace, health care, pole walking groups).BUY NOW
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