Active Living for Seniors

Summarized by Dr. Agnes Coutinho PhD

Healthcare professionals working with older adults are routinely prescribing walking, as part of rehabilitation and overall health and wellness programs. There are over 250 research studies on PubMed identifying health benefits of adding specialized poles to any walking routine. Due to the improved balance, posture, reduce impact off painful joints and improved mood and confidence health, this accessible and affordable activity, urban poling, and especially the use of our unique ACTIVATOR Poles, has become a popular choice for persons requiring help with stability and balance, as well as for older or perhaps less active adults. The ACTIVATOR Poles are the only ones like it available on the market which have been co-designed by an occupational therapist for maximum safety, comfort and effectiveness, as well as to mitigate factors related to falls.

Urban Poling gives me a super workout, a longer stride and I walk a lot faster! I feel better when I am doing urban poling and I feel great after.”
-Kathy Gilford

ACTIVE ADULTS 65+

  • Suitable physical exercise for retirement living
  • Social indoor/outdoor activity
  • Wholesale pricing on community orders
  • Training for recreation directors

I never thought I would start a craze in our town through our older adult programming, but that is exactly what has happened with our Urban Poling Program
-Cheryl Philips, Older Adult Program Co-ordinator

EXERCISE PROGRAM FOR LESS ACTIVE OLDER ADULTS

  • Improve core strength, ROM & balance
  • Sitting, standing & pre-gait exercises
  • Training for recreation directors

Activator Poles are phenomenal in older adult fitness classes. The four points of contact help improve posture balance, and security. But most important of all in the way that participants’ self-esteem goes off the chart.
-Don Ferguson, older adult fitness instructor

I enjoy walking now because my fears of injury are gone. I feel confident, stand taller and get a better workout. I love the ergonomic handles because my hands don’t get sore like they did from gripping my other poles”.
-Bob Lewis

I really love my Urban Poles! Let me tell you I have used the poles twice to catch myself from falling on slippery road snowpack”.
-Estelle

Why Health Professionals recommend ACTIVATOR Poles

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ACTIVATOR™ Poles were designed by a Canadian therapist with the following unique features for mobility.

  • Patented Ergonomic CoreGrip for weight-bearing and core strengthening
  • Strapless to reduce the risk of injury
  • Secure button locking system offers greater weight bearing capacity compared to turning lock systems
  • Bell shaped tips provide stability and are easily removed to expose the carbide tips for winter walking.
  • 3 Anti-vibration features minimizing stress on joints

Consult your physician or therapist before using poles if you currently use a cane or walker, have any medical condition which affects your balance, stability, grip strength, vision, depth perception, judgement or co-ordination, or if you are currently recovering from injury or surgery.

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Provide variety in your routine, try double poling

Use the standard rhythm and technique, but swing both arms forward at the same time planting the boot tips slightly behind the handles. Then, keeping your arms straight, press down on the base of the handles, walk between your poles and feel your arms extend past your thighs and behind your body.
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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