“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” (Albert Einstein)
“You think of all the things we do to stay healthy, all the things we spend our money and time on so we can get fit and healthy and the Scandinavians are primarily just walking.” (Mandy Shintani)
Today, I am delighted to be able to introduce Mandy Shintani, founder and developer of Urban Poling to discuss how Urban Poling may be used to keep us moving, whether for rehabilitation or for simply enhancing mobility and fitness. Mandy has been an occupational therapist for 35 years and is a gerontologist. Sixteen years ago. using her skills as an OT, she developed the evidence based, FDA registered, Activator Poles and technique, specifically for rehabilitation. Mandy is an international conference speaker on walking poles for fitness and rehabilitation. Over 8000 therapists and wellness professionals worldwide have completed the courses that she developed. She was a finalist for the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction entrepreneur and innovation award.
I first met Mandy almost a decade ago when I was introduced to the Activator Poles to aid in my rehabilitation from spinal surgery. We discuss howe the power of walking for fitness and health is enhanced by the upper body workout one gets by using the poles, and the innovative safety changes to the structure of the poles. We also discuss Mandy’s entrepreneurial initiative to promote Urban Poling internationally.
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