Urban Poling

Curious about the walking pole workout? Urban poling (also known as Nordic walking)—think cross-country skiing without the skis—has toning, calorie-burning and posture benefits that have made it popular in Europe for decades and a new workout favorite in Canada. Just grab your poles and go—no need for a pricey spandex outfit or a fancy gym membership! Here are 10 more reasons to try urban poling. 

1. It whittles your waist—Your abs tighten each time you push off with your poles. That’s the equivalent of 1,800 abdominal crunches every mile!

2. Your knees and hips will thank you—The poles let you offload weight from your hips and knees into your upper body. You can walk further, faster or even pain-free.

3. It revs up the calorie burning—Research proves it over and over again: urban poling burns up to 46% more calories than standard walking. Wow!

4. It sculpts your arms and shoulders—Urban poling uses 90 percent of your muscles—especially those underused upper body muscles. Hello short sleeves!

5. It helps balance your blood sugar—The full-body urban poling workout helps keep blood sugars in a healthy range.

6. You’ll straighten up and feel more confident—Your upper back muscles (the ones that pull your shoulders back) tighten each time you plant your poles and press down on the ergonomic handles.