Written by our Human Movement Specialists

What are urban poles?

You may have seen what appear to be cross-country skiers on your neighborhood sidewalks or local trails. However on second glance, you realize they are simply pedestrians using nordic poles on their leisurely walk.

Urban Poles as Exercise?

Don’t be fooled, this is no leisurely walk. Using walking poles actually intensifies walking and can burn up to 47% more calories by engaging your arms and core. Nordic walking, or urban poling, is a new method of exercise that activates 90% of your muscles turning your walk, or hike, into a full body workout.

Our Tips for using Urban Poles

  • Keep your elbows straight

  • Start slow

  • Your arms (and poles) should swing opposite to your legs

  • Gently push the pole into the ground to activate upper body and core muscles

Using Urban Poles requires a bit of practice and getting used to. You can visit any of our locations and one of our Brace Fitters will help you find the right model, size them for you and shoe you how to use them properly.

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