APRIL 2013 | by Darcy Blake |  Sighted: Nordic walking sticks in Atherton! This might not mean much to the average person on the street, but PD folks who are checking out special exercise have learned that these walking sticks can help you stay fit. Our friend Joan says that after using her sticks, she’s acquired a near normal gait.

When I went off to Tucson for my week of exercise with Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!)I was a little self-conscious wondering if I had the courage to take some sticks on my favorite walk in Atherton where flat, pristine paths don’t sport a pebble out of place. I was reassured I’d be accepted when I spotted a trekker with sticks in the heart of Atherton. Nice to have a trail blazer! While I was at the PWR! exercise intensive with Dr. Krystal Greene, I learned the value of stick walking. Why do I, a non-athletic, couch potato love them so? Turns out we burn 30% more each day when we add the arms into the walk. When you get into the zone with them, you feel like they help you glide instead of stumble. You don’t have to fret about tripping, because you’ve got a couple of props helping you stay upright! I  gave several brands of sticks a comparison test drive at PWR! Gym and chose the ones that work for me. You can image my excitement when I saw a person with walking sticks at the Terracotta Warriors exhibit at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. When I returned from the museum, there were my very own sticks just delivered from Canada! I’ve been using them for a couple of months now. The Activator walking poles are the way to go! http://urbanpoling.com/  Stuck on my sticks!

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4 thoughts on “Waving my Sticks

  1. Darcy, I am the occupational therapist in Canada that developed the Activator Poles. Last year we made significant design changes and we also have 8 current studies on the Activator Poles, 2 are on fall prevention. Would it be possible to send you the new design for your feedback and a summary on the new research? I would greatly appreciate your opinion! Mandy Shintani, BSc (OT), MA (Gero) Urban Poling Inc.

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