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This is my first post to this team. Years ago, I had a chance to do a 5-12 hour Nordic Walk in a natural area. I live in Florida so it was flat but terrain included sugar sand and uneven ground. It was through a Meetup.com group. A couple was visiting from England. They provided the poles & instruction. What I liked about the poles were the quick release system. I could unhook without swinging my poles around.
I didn't get a chance to keep up with it but a year or so later, I picked up a pair of Leki adjustable walking sticks. They have spring suspension. I got them by paying extra to the American Hiking Society. Last year I picked up a pair of Nordic tips for them. I have used them a bit for walks around our subdivision.
A couple of months ago, I started having trouble with tendonitis in a wrist. I stopped using the poles until today. It seems like using them are doable. The straps are regular walking straps.
MY QUESTION: Giving I do have wrist issues, would the regular Nordic Track poles with the quick release wrist system have any benefit. I own the poles I have now and am hesitant to spend money on other but I have been doing various things to accommodate my wrist but still stay active.
Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you!

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Hi I'd like to add my 2 cents worth
I'm a certified Nordic Walking Pole Instructor and I have a preference too.
I like the poles at www.skiwalking.com and if you like them and think you'd like to purchase use stayfitfirst for the code and receive free shipping. No, I do not own the company. But I like Pete's poles and I always encourage my students to purchase his poles.

As well I'm writing my exam for Certification for personal trainer in August. I'm excited to share my news with ya'll emoticon

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My ladies Leki Eagle "trekking" poles came with removeable rubber tips. The only difference I can see is the grip, type of rubber tip, and the loops instead of the "glove" on walking poles. You can literally use the exact same technique using the trekking poles. If you got trekking poles "by mistake" don't worry. It was no mistake.

Trekking poles can be used for nordic walking without a problem, mine are telescoping so they are adjustable for any terrain. I wouldn't trade my trekking poles for walking poles.

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Thanks for the article link, Dietcololola.

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10 degrees, a mix of snow ice and bare patches this morning-and then I remembered my yak trax (and could find them). They go on easily over my shoes and make those slippery winter surfaces easy to walk on.

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Thanks DietColaLola (from 11/17/07) technique tip. I'll reread it before my next nordic walk.
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Thanks for posting that link DietColaLola. I walked with my new poles this morning and I didn't plant the forward pole correctly.

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Here is a new article I found on about.com

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Caryol, Glad you like your poles so much. That's great!

Julie, no worries. Crazy, hectic, fun time of year. I'm here when you need me.

Everyone else: Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and may all the blessings of heaven be poured over you.

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Hey Caryol, Glad to see you. I too, really like my Nordic poles. I can not imagine walking without them anymore.

Ilonwy, I did get your message, sorry I have not gotten back with you, will send you a note after the holidays.

Olgy, Go to my SP page and you will see the other three Colorado Teams. I hope we can get something going after the holidays, let's hope we can do it in the Springs.

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Just checking in to let you know I still really like my Nordic pole walking, Been at it for some years now. The only way to go for even us oldsters. Balance and exercise is so important for us too. The whole body reflects the workout. Caryol

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Julie --
I sent you a private message. Let me know if you didn't get it. Thanks!

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Hi Julie,
Yes. I'm surprised as well. So far it's you, me, my friend Joni and a lady I met during one of my walks. I'll try posting again in the ColoSpgs Sparkers. What other Colorado team is there?
Olgy

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Elizabeth, Love to hear more about those poles. Do you have a web?

Gardenia, I am surprised we can only get 3 people interested. Maybe you should post again on our Colo. Springs team and the other Colorado team in Jan. I bet everyone is so busy now. We must go sometime before you move.


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Hi Elizabeth! I sure wish you lived in Colorado!!! I am wanting to take the NW classes. There's a trainer in the Denver area who's willing to drive down to Colorado Springs if I can get 5-6 people together for a class. So far I have 3 people interested in taking this 3-hour class for $25/person.

So... are there group members in Colorado Springs who would want to take this class? Let me know!

I love, love, LOVE using my poles... I just want to make sure I'm using them right. LOL

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I have a little business where I teach Nordic Walking and sell NW poles. I am NOT trying to promote my business in this forum. However, I am offering my services to help you find the right poles to suit your needs. If you decide the poles I carry will work for you, I will offer you a discount. Bottom line: Nordic Walking ROCKS and I love helping people with this fantastic fitness activity.

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Thank YOU, Olgy, for sharing that website where you bought your poles. Not owning the boomyah poles myself, I can't speak about the brand but there's some good information on the site I thought I'd post here.

It seems a lot of people (including myself) buy hiking poles instead of Nordic walking poles at the beginning because they're not aware of the difference. If you scroll down a bit on this page, there's a good explanation. I like how it points out that hiking poles are to minimize effort where Nordic walking poles are used to maximize your workout:

www.boomyah.com/c-12-compare-to-othe
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Anyone have any other tips to share?

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this thread has been most helpful to me today. Thanks for all the good links and info/tips you have all posted here. I learned quite a bit. Today was my first day using poles to walk and after reading all you've got here I realize what I used today are trekking poles, not NW poles. So I ordered a pair of NW poles which should come in probably in 4 days.

I look forward to learning lots more from all of you. :-)

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Craigemoen, That is the best instructional I've seen so far. Jayah Paley Smith, who produced it, is a wonderful, incredibly knowlegeable woman and a great Nordic Walker. The man NWing at the beginning and the end of this video is Bob Moon, whom you quoted in one of your posts. thought you'd like to know that.

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Sternefee, I've used NW poles on a treadmill that was designed specifically for Nordic Walking. The normal tread area was narrower than we're used to seeing, and there was a tread area on either side, about 3" wide, for the poles. It was definitely an experience, and I got a great workout, but it took some getting used to. I think it would be possible to use them on a regular treadmill, but I've never tried that.

I have used my poles in torrential downpours and they work just fine. When you're done walking in the rain, take your poles apart, wipe them down, and then leave them to air dry for a few hours. They'll be right as rain, (sorry, couldn't resist). And walking in the rain can be fun!

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Here's some videos on YouTube on nordic walking www.youtube.com/results?search_query
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From www.nordicwalkingus.com/article.php/
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Tom Rutlin - a pioneer of Nordic walking, which in 1988 he termed "Exerstriding" advocates the straight arm "plant" technique.

David Downer - links to whose websites you can find right here at Nordic Walking US, also uses and teaches this method.

The International Nordic Walking Association (INWA) in turn teaches the bent arm plant. I have heard that Exel reps (INWA=Exel) have been teaching the straight arm technique, although their website still shows graphics, where models have radically bent arms...

There was I time, when I too used and advocated the bent arm plant, but not anymore.

Let me try to explain why I believe that a modified straight-arm technique works best.

Straight arm technique definitely works. All you have to do is look at Tom Rutlin and at David Downer. Both are obviously in excellent shape - gained, I am told - largely by Nordic walking.

It bears to note that Tom Rutlin's Exerstrider poles do not have straps, so it is quite understandable, why the technique advocated by him is a bit different. Both David Downer and I, in turn do emphasize the efficient use of straps.

Needless to say, the straight arm plant works remarkably well. In my opinion though, the arm should NOT BE RIGID, in order to make the whole movement more effective and dynamic.

Why? Because it provides additional, serious amount of exercise to the back muscles and the triceps - the group of muscles, populating the back of everyone's arm.

Considering the fact that the triceps constitutes about 2/3 of the mass of the upper arm and the biceps only 1/3, giving the triceps a proper workout is a truly important issue. Isn't it?

As Bob Moon, a registered user of this site says, and I quote:"By keeping the arm straight or slightly bent the primary driver becomes the shoulder joint, which involves far more muscle groups( including the triceps) causing greater caloric burn and much better overall strength conditioning by involving the larger muscles of the back and other stabilizing muscles. "

I couldn't agree more. Being a kayaker, I realize that most of of the paddling power is generated by keeping the arms relatively (but not completely) straight and using the large muscles of the back and shoulders for propulsion, rather than just the arms.


I also advocate following the arm push backwards way beyond your body line. In effect, you should push the pole all the way back, as far as you can comfortably go.

This exercises the back muscles to an amazing degree, providing a nice workout to the entire back area, from the waist, all the way up to the neck. It also increases torso rotation, not only providing additional exercise to the waist area, but helping resolve exisiting lower back problems and avoiding new ones.

The entire, long arm movement, with hand and grips starting the stroke well forward, all the way to the rear is also a very efficient one as far as propulsion is concerned. The pole tips in most cases should stay behind your heels at all times.

You can make it as effortless and smooth as you want and still get a good, thorough workout. For those already in pretty good shape it should provide a better than ever exercise, incorporating a good stretching motion of most of the torso and the very important triceps muscle.


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I always have a problem letting go of the pole completely in the backward motion, once I let go of the pole, it starts to drag and I lose my rhythm. I have been loosening my grip while my arms swing backward but don't let go of the pole. Any suggestions?

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Good description, Deb, of one of the techniques I was taught by my instructor too. Thanks! For that technique, make sure you don't bend your elbows and don't grip the handles (like Deb said). You should be pressing the poles into the ground but not stabbing or digging. We practiced on grass so we wouldn't wear out the tips.

There are several different techniques. Each needs to be mastered.

It is important to have the height of the poles adjusted correctly. The arm should be minutely higher than parallel to the ground. This is the starting point of another technique. Stand still with the poles and move opposite arms straight forward and back without moving the poles. That shows one the arm movement for the technique.
If I go to the class Wed (5pm in the dark) I'll see if I can get a description to post here. If we do the wrong technique, it looks like you're prancing.

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So often I see Nordic Walkers moving their arms and poles in a choppy, dig the poles in, sort of way. Their arms are usually at a 45 degree angle and according to our Nordic Walking instructor. they aren't exercising anything but the tips of the poles.

Here is a tip we were given for the proper movement of the arms and poles.

With the arm that moves out in front, imagine that you are giving a small child a hand to shake. The arm is fully outstretched, only lightly bent at the elbow and the hand is never higher than your waist. The hand should stop the forward motion somewhere below the pelvic bone. Pushing that arm back, release your hand completely from the pole (that's why you need poles with good wrist straps).

If you have been a "chopper" and do the above movements for 30 minutes. you will definitely feel it in your entire arm.

Also, our instructor says that most people go way too fast. It's not speed that counts but getting the movement flowing and then going for duration.

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Yes, I have a pair of those strap-on spikes. I got mine from QVC, and they're called "Get A Grip" but I know there are other brands out there. They are great on ice. I can fearlessly do jumping jacks on a sheet of ice! I've never tried them on a hill, just on mostly flat or rolling path. They were only about $12-$14. if I remember correctly. I know one other brand is called yak-trax or something like that. They do work. I'll vouch for that.

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I get jittery on ice too. When we were in the Arctic a few years ago I broke my wrist stepping out the front door one morning when the steps had iced over. Our huskies came running over thinking it was a cool move and would I do it again... You all are probably right. Skip the walk when it's icy outside.

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Craig,

Don't they make sort of strap-on spikes for your shoes in the states? I've seen them here in Germany. Otherwise, you might try soccer shoes. They have sort of spikes on them. But I tend to agree with Sternenfee that it probably isn't so great to walk on ice at all.

I LOVE snow but hate ice. Since I broke my shoulder, I have this terrible fear of falling and ice just makes it worse. We live in hilly Wuppertal and our driveway is extremely steep and icy in the winter. I have literally sat down and slid on my rear end to my car in the morning more than once out of fear I would fall.

I guess I'm just a baby about falling.
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Wow, as beautiful as Alaska might be (and I still hope to visit some time during the summer), in the winter I don't mind at all having moved to Florida... I remember the winters in New York all too well and they were not to my liking at all, too much ice and snow. The first year was great but when it snowed at the end of May, I had had enough! LOL

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Hmmmm. Maybe I can invent something! Problem is we don't get much snow in town, just mostly ice. In fact I need to get the studded tires on soon. We have such steep hills that they even close several streets after snow and ice gets on them. Without the studded tires you either can't stop on the way down or often start sliding backwards on the way up! I know three people that broke their ankles last winter from slipping on the ice...

UPDATE!
They've already invented them, although I don't especially like the price: www.rei.com/product/758939

Better yet, do it yourself!!! www.questoutdoors.net/gear/articles/
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I'm not sure there is a good way to walk on icy surfaces. You already have the right footwear and the Nordic Walking poles have have the "spikes" as well (can't think of a better word) but walking long distances on ice is probably not recommended anyway... at least as a workout. Wait until it's covered by snow, it's easier to walk on snow.

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Anybody have a good solution for walking on icy surfaces? I have special grips I can strap on the bottom of my shoes, but they're not the kind of thing you'd walk any distance with...

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Thanks Nomad. I'll drop the weights. By the way, welcome to our little team of nordic walkers! I think the elbow thing may be a result of repetitive motion like when you get carpal tunnel on your wrist. I just haven't done anything like that for so many years. I've even challenged the knee I broke waterskiing about 20 years ago. I do back off though when my body tells me it's not quite ready for too much yet. Worst thing would be is reinjure something that would keep me from hiking and walking. I'll be careful.

Thanks for the website thing too - looks good.

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Adding weights puts inappropriate stress on joints, ligaments and can cause injuries. One of those things that sounds like a good idea but isn't.
I learned from an instructor. From what you have said, I'd guess there is something wrong with your form if one elbow is sore from walking.
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Think so? I really don't know that much about it...

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I don't know... I'm hesitant about adding weights to my walks because they put strain on the wrong parts of the body and it's a lot easier to get hurt while exercising...

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Adding wrist weights gives your arms a bit more of a workout. I might try ankle weights too, but I don't know if they'd be as much of a benefit.

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Never heard of it but it doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
What are you doing different in that arm that you're not doing with the other? Somehow you are putting a lot more stress on that arm that tends to get sore... observe yourself when you're walking, maybe you'll figure something out.

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I have one elbow that gets real sore - like in the tendons. Is there such thing as Nordic Walking Elbow Syndrome?

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I'm "lucky", if you want to call it that. On any particular walk I can end up scaling 500 to 700 feet 2 or more times on the way to work. A built in exercise track!

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Thanks for the tips. Now, I just have to find some hills... LOL

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I found that when you're going down a hill, you can use the angle and gravity to swing your hips around in an exaggerated way and it will loosen up your lower back. Feels great.

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Everything I've read says that nordic walking burns an extra 40% calories compared to normal, so none of the regular activities really fit. I think you could find the calories for the walking/hiking activity that is the closest fit and then take that times 1.4 and enter it manually?

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I was finally able to walk out side last week... it's finally cold enough (and the humidity is gone, so you won't die when trying to exercise outside) and I loved it. It's so much more fun to walk outside!
How do you log your nordic walking on here? Do you select the "walking" option or something else?

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We just had an all time record yesterday for the amount of rain in one day - 2.84 inches! Last evening I went shopping and got some waterproof hiking boots for the winter. My walking shoes were soaked yesterday!
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Craig - thanks to YOU we have new members!! You're the greatest!
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Sunje, I am also waiting for Aldi to sell the poles again. There are a few people in my NW group with Aldi poles for 10 Euros (about $14) and our instructor took a good look at them and said that they are perfectly good poles. I bought Leki telescoping poles ($$$$$$$$$) which are great but it would be nice to have a spare set (maybe someone visits who wants to try it out).

I know what both of you mean about it dumping rain. Generally the rain is different here but about a month ago, my NW group was out and it started to POUR. We always walk at least an hour - rain or shine - and by the time I got home, I was soaked all the way through to my undies. Even the toes of my socks were wet although my shoes are normally waterproof. It wasn't so bad except I didn't have a hat and I have shoulder length hair which was literally dripping like in the shower. YUCK!

Craig, I am equally as captivated by NW. I don't cross country ski, only downhill, but this sport is just FUN!

Keep the poles swingin' everyone!

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Ketchikan Alaska is supposedly the 4th wettest place on Earth, with about 15 or so FEET of rain per year. They call it a temperate rainforest. So getting rained on is a pretty good bet if you're out walking. Anyway, I'm determined to figure out how to keep on walking under whatever the elements throw at me so I can do it every day. Prior to coming here we lived above the Arctic Circle, which is an even less hospitible environment. I'm sure I'll figure out how to do the nordic walk thing under whatever weather circumstance comes along.

It's really neat we have a few new members. This type of exercise has really captivated me like nothing else ever has, except actual cross country skiing where you have snow. Just seems like something you'd like others to find out about since it's been such a good experience for yourself!

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Gore-Tex is about the best you can get for any kind of weather... or wait until Aldi has something on sale again. I bought my walking sweater there last year and I'm so hoping that they'll get Nordic Walking poles in again soon, so my mom can get me another pair and I can go walking when I'm at home, too. No need to pack them every single time when I fly home.
I think if I lived in Germany, I would walk in the rain, too. The rain there is different than here. Don't ask me why, but when it rains here, it usually pours. It's like someone turned on a shower, within minutes you are soaked.

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I've gone Nordic Walking in the rain several times (I live in Germany, remember!)

Actually, I find it really refreshing. I haven't gotten quite the right rain gear for it yet - I wear a nylon jacket which doesn't really breathe but keeps me dry. I definitely also need some sort of hat. Or a jacket with hood.

I guess something like Gore-Tex would be good?

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True, the treadmill is boring, but when it's too hot outside or if it's raining too hard, it's still a good alternative... I will go and check out that website, thanks for the link.

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Treadmill is just too boring for me, whereas nordic walking is different every time you go out. I have found a very lightweight raingear, and not very expensive at http://www.luresonline.com/shopping/rainsh
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I used it today in fact, and I'm glad I can keep on when it's raining!

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I'm sad to say I haven't... when it's raining, I usually walk withotu the poles on the treadmill. Has anyone ever tried walking with the poles on the treadmill? I wonder if it works...

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Anyone found rain gear that's good for walking? My regular rain jacket and pants don't breathe, and it rains a ton around here.

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Good tip! It's easy to visualize it.

I got a pedometer and was shocked to find out it's only 3,000 steps to work from home. You should get at least 10,000 steps in a day? I guess I've really been underestimating what it takes to get in healthy exercise...



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Hi Team!

I'm finally back from vacation and see we now have 5 members!
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Here is an article I found on the Fitness Magazine Website about Nordic Walking and improving your form.

Perfecting Your Form

Yes, you learned to put one foot in front of the other in toddlerhood, but Nordic walking does have a small learning curve. The biggest challenge is coordinating your arms and legs. Here's how to nail the technique.

1. First, you carry. Hold a pole in each hand, grasping it lightly. Walk with the poles alongside you, letting your arms swing in natural opposition to your legs (i.e., your left arm and right foot move in tandem). Do this for several minutes, until it feels natural.

2. Then, you drag. Strap on the poles. As you walk, open your hands and let the poles drag behind you. (You'll skip this step once you move on.) Notice how the poles angle back behind you.

3. Next, you plant. Plant the poles on the ground, rather than dragging them. Lightly hold the grips and keep the poles angled at about 45 degrees backward. Hold your elbows close to your body with your arms straight but relaxed. Focus on making good contact with the ground.

4. Then, you push. As you get more comfortable walking, firmly push the poles backward with each step, applying force through the strap. Push your arm past your hip, opening up your hand at the end of the arm swing. As each arm comes forward, pretend you're reaching forward to shake someone's hand.

5. Finally, perfect it! To maximize your workouts, tweak your form. Roll from your heels through to your toes. "If I were standing behind you, I should see the sole of your shoe as you push off," says Fenton. Maintain good posture and lean forward slightly from your ankles. Also, lengthen your stride: You'll get a fuller arm swing while giving your legs a better workout.


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I think I finally got the "swing your arms and legs thing" a little better. I used to cross country snow ski a lot, so I just started thinking of that while walking, and pretty soon passersby were really looking at me strange... Got a good rhythm going and it was more fun that way than just trudging along using the sticks.

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