SOFA Smiles with Gerry Roberts
Another hockey season is fast approaching for the members of the men’s SOFA and SOFA + hockey players. The Sunday league, SOFA (over 50), starts on September 15, and the SOFA + (over 60) starts on Monday, September 16. SOFA ends on Sunday, April 5, and SOFA + ends on April 8.
I sincerely hope that all players have treated their bodies like temples over the summer and have been diligent in dry land training (wet also works). Unfortunately, the most mature (age only) SOFA + players are at a training disadvantage, since the invention of the TV remote has limited their best form of exercise.
SOFA + increased its schedule to three days per week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It appears that we have filled our quota for Monday and Wednesday, but we could still use another half dozen players to make the skate a little more relaxing. Any men over 50 interested in playing Sunday morning next year can contact Rob Croxall at firstname.lastname@example.org Any really old guys who would like to play Friday mornings can contact Gerry Roberts at email@example.com
Pole-walking continues to grow in popularity
Pole-walking has been around for a while, but recently it’s really been hitting its stride. Uxbridge residents have likely seen people in Elgin Park walking with poles, and many have expressed interest in giving it a try.
The Uxbridge Pole Walking Club started in 2014 and is run by Jodi Bussiere, a registered physiotherapist at Uxbridge Physiotherapy, Dale Andrew (Master of Kinesiology), April Ferguson (a rehabilitation assistant), and Jeff May, (also a registered physiotherapist). Together they lead pole walking and exercise classes in Elgin Park each fall and spring. The classes run for six weeks, and the instructors say that pole walking (also known as Urban Poling) is good for all ages and fitness levels. Classes are outdoors, active and social.
Janice Dnes, a new pole walking participant, said that she was “stiff and lethargic” before picking up her poles, but now she loves the stretching and strengthening exercises, her fellow walkers and “being outdoors in beautiful Elgin Park, breathing fresh air.” Janice admits, “These classes have got me into walking more than ever now, with a spring in my step and way more energy!”
The benefits of pole walking include: adding an upper body component to the activity, which burns more calories by using more muscles, decreases impact through the lower body, and improves balance and posture. Urban poling is a great activity for people with osteoarthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease or anyone looking to keep their joints and muscles moving.
Visit uxbridgepolewalking.com to find out more about pole walking and the 2019 Fall schedule.
Uxbridge Sports Organizations:
Uxbridge Swim Club
Phone: (905) 852-7831
Uxbridge Tennis Club
Phone: (905) 852-2181
Uxbridge Squash Club
Phone: (905) 852-7831
Uxbridge Men’s Basketball League
Phone: (905) 431-3392
Greater Uxbridge Road Runners
Phone: (905) 852-7224
Air Force Mavericks All-Star Cheerleading
Phone: (905) 852-CHEER