Silver Skate Festival
January 19, 2018 | By Urban Poling
The mission of the Silver Skate Festival Society is to provide a free family-oriented winter celebration blending sport, recreation, arts and culture, showcasing various skating disciplines and promoting outdoor activities in Edmonton.
Urban poling is very excited to announce that we will be at the Silver Skate Festival providing Nordic Walking 101 sessions in Hawrelak Park, Edmonton, AB this upcoming February 10th-11th, 17th-19th 2018.
Nordic walking is a perfect winter activity for people of all ages and abilities. It is very much like cross-country skiing, but without the skis. Specialized poles are purposefully planted with each stride aimed at propelling you forward. The easy-to-learn technique originated as dry-land training for Nordic athletes. It mimics Nordic skiing and affords walkers similar benefits:
- Uses virtually all the body’s major muscle groups with every stride
- Contracts your abdominals over 1000 times per km
- Burns on average 20% more calories than walking
- Offers great cardiovascular conditioning
If you are interested in learning more about the Silver Skate Festival and the schedule of events visit click HERE
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