Add a warmup and cool down routine to your urban poling workout
Dynamic stretching before exercise helps reduce the chance of injury
EDITOR'S NOTE: It’s strongly recommended that you consult with your physician before beginning this or any exercise program.
In this video, Kingsville fitness and urban poling instructor Marilyn Farnworth demonstrates a warmup and cool down routine with urban poles. It incorporates your full body including neck, shoulders, arms, triceps, hands/wrists, chest, back, abs, hips, glutes, quadriceps, inner thighs, hamstrings, calves, shins and ankles. The poles offer the added bonus of helping you balance.
Before you urban pole, you should do dynamic stretches and movements to warm up your muscles prior to walking. Like taffy, when your muscles are warm they are more flexible and less vulnerable to unwanted tears or injuries.
After urban poling, do static stretches and hold the poses for 20 to 30 seconds each. It may be tempting to hold your breath while doing stretches so make sure that you breathe deeply like in yoga.