All members including people living with cancer, family members and significant caregivers.
The style of pole walking utilized in this program is ‘Nordic walking,’ which combines cardiovascular activity with vigorous motion that engages the shoulders, core, arms, and legs. In an online forum, or in live outdoor sessions, members are offered tips and guidance so they can master the proper technique of this healthy exercise, while enjoying the social aspects of spending time with their Wellspring community.
Benefits and Impact
The benefits of this full body exercise included: increased muscle strength and endurance; enhanced stability, mobility and flexibility; and substantial calorie burning. Further benefits on the quality of life scale include improved mood, decreased anxiety, and the numerous benefits of a social outing.
What to Expect at a Session
In online sessions, the instructor will demonstrate how to properly use urban poles in order to strengthen upper body and improve posture while walking. Participants are encouraged to use their own poles and try exercises either sitting in a chair or standing. There is also a variety of strengthening, stretching and balance techniques offered.
In outdoor (live) sessions, after a short introduction to proper use of the poles, participants go for a walk together, with the instructor continually guiding and checking proper technique. The urban walk lasts between 30-50 minutes. There is also time to stretch, socialize and enjoy the scenery.
*Note: Wellspring supplies the poles for this program. Members who wish to purchase poles are encouraged to check with program leader for guidance on the type to buy.