October is Mental Health Awareness Month: Boost Your Mental Health with Urban Poling
October 22, 2014 | By Nadia
by Dr. Agnes Coutinho
Walking with poles has been shown to have a positive impact on mental health, thus participation in regular urban poling may not only result in physical health benefits, but also it will have a positive impact on mood and overall mental health. It is now well accepted that regular physical activity, particularly aerobic exercise, can reduce stress and anxiety, enhance mood and self-esteem, and is often recommended for both prevention, and as part of treatment, for various mood disorders.
Walking is an excellent therapeutic intervention alongside traditional and medical treatments for depression, anxiety and stress, as well as other mental health conditions. There is growing research to support that urban poling results in enhancement of mood, increased self-esteem and social interaction, contributing to better overall sense of well-being. What is more, walking with Urban poles increases energy levels and exercise tolerance, it is an excellent activity that motivates people to incorporate poling into their daily routine.
Importantly this activity is fun! Urban poling is suitable and enjoyable for all ages and stages – making it an excellent tool for helping families stay active together and bridge the generation gap! Being part of an Urban Poling walking group may be an ideal way to combine blood glucose management with participation in walk-and-talk therapy sessions, an opportunity to bond with family and friends, to extend your social network or meditate alone while poling.
Urban Poling Helps to Improve Mental Health:
• Boosts self-esteem, self-efficacy and self confidence
• Reduces stress, anxiety and depression
• Encourages positive self-image
• Promotes social interaction
• Improves sleep
• Helps fight fatigue
• Healthy weight loss/management
• Promotes a positive outlook on life; by enhancing overall fitness (cardiovascular/muscular/ flexibility and body composition) and blood glucose control
• Increased quality of life
We look forward to supporting you and your community in achieving a healthy lifestyle with every step!
So, what do you think? Why not get UP to be more ACTIVE, HEALTHY & HAPPY!
For moderately steep slopes, simply decrease the pressure on the base of the handles or drag your poles behind you. For steep slopes, keep your poles upright and in front and out to the side slightly, so if you do fall you won’t land on your poles. Bend your knees and elbows, and slow down any momentum. For long descents, it may be helpful to lengthen the poles.
–Barb Gormley, Director of Education