Pole walking is a low impact activity which provides a complete body work out for people.
Introduced to WA by the Seniors Recreation Council in 2006, more than 7000 people have ‘had a go’ at this activity and many of those continue to walk individually or in pole walking groups.
The concept came about from skiers in Nordic countries who utilised their ski poles to assist in walking the alps.
The benefits of adding the poles were found to be a great benefit for walkers and in 1988 manufacture began for specifically made walking poles.
It is now considered to be one of the best all round low impact workouts and especially effective for older adults.
Pole walkers use more of their muscles and the activity has a greater intensity increasing fitness and muscle tone quicker and easier than normal walking.
It builds core muscles in the chest, in the arms, shoulders, abdominals, spine and other core muscles to strengthen and tone.
It also increases oxygen uptake by up to 45 per cent and has been found to very beneficial to heart health.
Pole walking burns 20 per cent more calories than walking alone and assists balance, stability and mobility.
It’s easy to learn the technique and adapting pole walking as an exercise routine has been found to be very beneficial for people with hip, knee or back problems.
Pole walking can reduce stress and improve mood and coordination.
Seniors Recreation Council sell the poles and offer demonstrations for clubs, groups or individuals.
To find out more about pole walking contact the SRC office on 9492 9773.