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Urban Poling / Walking Group

Urban Poling / Walking sessions are offered every Thursday from 1:30pm - 2:30pm at Rotary Park in Whitecourt. These sessions are guided by a certified MRPCN instructor and are free to the public.


Urban Poling Information

  • Participants will meet under the pavilion at Rotary Park. 

•  This is a drop-in walking program. No pre-registration is required. 

•  Poles will be provided to individuals who do not have poles. Poles will be handed out at the  

    beginning of the session and will be returned at the end of the session.

•  Urban Poles are available through the PCN at a discounted rate, for those interested.


What is Urban Poling (aka Nordic walking)?

Urban poling combines an upper body technique similar to cross country skiing with the lower body technique of regular walking. The terms “Nordic walking” and “urban poling” are interchangeable. Urban poling combines an upper body technique similar to cross country skiing with the lower body  technique of regular walking. The terms “Nordic walking” and “urban poling” are interchangeable.


The Benefits of Urban Poling

•  Improves posture, strengthens the abdominals, spinal erectors & latissimus dorsi, & increases      

    lateral stability of the spine.

•  It promotes a more normal gait pattern in terms of heel-toe stride & more-even weight bearing   

    compared to using a cane.

•  It is an easy, fun, low-impact & convenient way to increase the health benefits of walking.

•  Poling lessens stress to hips, knees & ankles (weight shifts to the upper body).

•  It increases your calorie expenditure by almost 20% compared to normal walking.

•  Poles improve balance & increase confidence during walking.

•  Urban poling uses 90% of the body’s muscles.