Urban Pole Walking

Urban Pole Walking

Urban Poling was founded by Mandy Shintani and Graham Watts. Mandy is an occupational therapist who is considered to be one of the leading experts on the health and fitness benefits of urban poling.

Graham’s breadth of experience in business development and computer technology is helping to grow Urban Poling across Canada.

Real Results

Independent research proves that Nordic pole walking will cause you to burn more calories and enhance the body’s natural fat burning capabilities. Our poles also help you to reduce the impact on your lower joints and engage your core muscles and upper body while walking.

Nordic pole walking gives you more than 1800 abdominal contractions per mile and increases your caloric intake by 20% over regular walking.

Our poles let you maximize your time. 30 minutes of Nordic pole walking is equivalent to 50 minutes of walking without poles.

Our unique strapless handle design combined with the proper Rutlin Technique of Nordic pole walking will help you reach your weight loss and fitness goals faster and easier.

What is Urban Poling?

Urban Poling, also known as Nordic walking, Exerstriding or pole walking, is an invigorating walking activity new to North America. More commonly practiced in Scandinavian countries for the past 20 years, poling combines the aerobic and strength building benefits of cross-country skiing with walking. This full-body, cardio-muscular exercise engages a variety of body parts and offers a full-body workout so participants can end up burning more calories, reduce stress on their joints, improve posture and develop overall body coordination.

Poling is a year-round dynamic activity designed for urban settings (city sidewalks and street surfaces) and snow or off-road surroundings (hiking trails).

Health benefits of Urban Poling can include:

Excellent Fitness Activity

  • Exercises 90% of your muscles & reduces stress on lower joints
  • Burns up to 47% more calories over walking without poles
  • Works your core muscles: walking, snowshoeing or climbing mountains

Key Features Designed for Fitness

  • Boot shaped tips for speed & increasing cardiovascular workout
  • Large ergonomic handle with wide base for core strengthening & resistance training
  • Strapless for injury prevention
  • Anti-vibration features
  • Secure twist locking system

Healthy Heart

  • Promotes healthy blood cholesterol
  • Promotes lower resting hearth rate and blood pressure
    romotes increased peak exercising heart rate


  • Promotes healthy blood glucose management
  • Promotes healthy weight loss
  • Reduces pain caused by insufficient blood flow during exercise

Pre/Postnatal Fitness

  • Promotes blood glucose management (lowers risk of gestational diabetes)
  • Promotes healthy weight management and postnatal weight loss
  • Reduces pain caused by insufficient blood flow during exercise


  • Reduces impact off lower extremities muscles
  • Improves posture
  • Promotes a normal walking pattern during recovery

Mental Health

  • Improves self-esteem and overall feeling of well being
  • Promotes social interaction
  • Reduces anxiety, stress and depression

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

  • Helps counteract fatigue and increase energy levels
  • Helps with pain management
  • Promotes muscular endurance, upper body mobility and strength

Health benefits summarized by:
Dr. Agnes Coutinho, BKin, PhD Endocrinology

Urban Poling is a great aerobic exercise since all fitness levels and all ages can enjoy these health benefits.

Refer to calendar for class schedule.


Posted on

September 10, 2015