Start Pole Walking for Fun and Health


The Lanark Chapter of CARP is cooperating with Janet Crawford, of White Lake, to encourage older adults to consider pole walking as a fun way to get outdoors and get low-impact exercise. Nordic Pole walking provides both a low-impact cardiovascular workout and resistance training. Pole walking exercises 90% of your muscle mass and therefore has greater benefits, such as: increase in strength and stability, greater weight loss, prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and heart disease. Please note you do not have to be an athlete to gain the benefits of this highly effective physical activity! If you can walk, you can do this!

How do you get started? What about the poles?

Janet will be holding FREE Instructional Clinics throughout Lanark County over the next few months. We have set the following towns, dates and times with specific meeting places still to be determined. Please RSVP Janet by email or phone indicating which session you would like to attend and the number of participants, so that we have enough poles. If you cannot attend any of the sessions below, you may still contact Janet to make other arrangements. Janet’s contact information:
[email protected] or 613-623-2978

April Clinics
Almonte: Saturday, April 13th @ 9:00 am, Gemmill Park
Carleton Place: Saturday, April 13th @ 1:30 pm, Carambeck Community Centre
Perth: Saturday, April 27th @ 9:00 am, Conlon Farm
Smiths Falls: Saturday, April 27th @ 1:30 pm, Lower Reach Park
May Clinics
Packenham: Tuesday, May 7th @ 7:00 pm, Stewart Community Centre
Merrickville: Saturday, May 25th @ 10:00 am, location TBA
June Clinics
Almonte: Saturday, June 8th @ 9:00 am, Metcalfe Park
Carleton Place: Saturday, June 8th @ 1:30 pm, Carambeck Community Centre
Smiths Falls: Saturday, June 22 @ 9:00 am, Old Slys Road Parking Lot (across from Curling Club)
Perth: Saturday, June 22 @ 1:30 pm, Conlon Farm

Janet will supply the poles for the first training session. There is no charge for attending this training session or using the poles. During this session Janet will instruct the group on how to use the poles and then will lead a walk with the poles. Expect the session to last at least one and a half hours.

Come to the training session, learn to walk with the poles and incorporate pole walking into your own lifestyle, whether walking daily or weekly, individually or in a group. It is fun to get together with a group to pole walk as it provides a highly effective exercise and a social outing. Feel free to bring family and/or friends.

If you want to buy poles, Janet has poles for sale. CARP members will get a 10% discount off the price of the poles in the next 3 months. (Disclosure: The Lanark Chapter of CARP will also receive a fee if a CARP member buys poles.)