Urban poles are a simple way to get more out of walking as a fitness exercise; by employing the upper body, urban poles increase caloric output and engage the whole body. The poles shown above were designed by fitness walking pioneer Tom Rultin and a panel of certified occupational therapists.
Urban poling has a number of benefits over normal walking:
- Increases heart rate by 5 – 17 BPM or about 13 % without the perception that you’re working any harder.
- Provides an increase in calorie usage by as much as 46 % – an average hour of activity amounts to 400 cal compared to 260 cal.
- 90 % of body muscles are engaged as compared to 65 % – the abdominal muscles in particular will surprise you!
- Can help to release muscle tension and pain in the neck and shoulder regions – common problems with extended desk-work.
- Reduces the load on the knees and joints by off-loading some of the stress to the upper body. Orthopedic Surgeon J. Richard Steadman of Vail, Colorado says “Walking with poles can reduce the accumulated force by about 6 tons over the course of a mile […] helping to preseve healthy joints”.
|PRICE||$ 100 (Instructional DVD included)|
|POLE||Alloy – Telescopic adjustable|
|HEIGHT RANGE||LOW: 4’2
|HANDLES||Shock absorbing, hand contoured ERGOCORE Grips|
|FEET||Cushioned tip provides traction and absorbs vibration|
|MUSCLES ENGAGED||Forearm extensors and flexors, rear deltoids, pectorals, broad back muscles|
Cooper Institute (2002). Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.