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3/20/12 1:35 P

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It is the same movement as cross country skiing.
I bought an inexpensive "telescoping" pair, so they would be easy to take in the car, and my only complaint is that they tend to telescope (slide smaller) while walking. I have trouble getting the joints tight enough not to slip within an hour or two, but my husband can.
Maybe if I'd spent a little more????
Anyway, you might want to check that feature.

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3/20/12 7:54 A

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Thanks for the help I am going to buy a pair the ones I am looking at are not very expensive so if I dont like them then I wont feel bad but I love to cross country ski so its got to be the same movement sort of..
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3/20/12 7:18 A

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I've never used them.

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3/19/12 9:44 P

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I'm guessing, but I think it may be to do with the fact that you are using your arms more. I remember being told to swing my arms when walking because it is the natural thing to do but also I think is the theory behind 'power walking'.

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3/19/12 8:55 P

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I use walking poles when I walk outdoors in the winter. They do keep me upright on ice, which for me is the primary purpose.
They might help burn calories too, but I can't measure that effect on Spark People... I don't think that's a cardio "choice". Since my weight is so stable and I haven't lost any for a long time, I can't measure if they help lose weight. Not for me.
It does elevate my heart rate though...

Edited by: CAROLYN1ALASKA at: 3/19/2012 (21:51)
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3/19/12 8:31 P

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Hi
I just read that you can burt 40% more calories by using walking poles. has any one used them ? and if so have you seen a diffrence?

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