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Sticks and stones

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I was in a store recently and saw these walking poles for a reasonable price, so thought I would give them a try. I had read an article touting the benefits of using poles to walk.

The box states that one will burn 45% more calories than walking alone.
It will strengthen 90% of your muscles:
improve joint health, posture and balance:
build core muscles without weight training:
reduce stress on hips, knees and feet:
improve stamina and endurance.

Wow! If they do all they say they will, I will turn into wonder woman and lose 10# for sure!!! Maybe they will even knock me off this infernal plateau.

I didn't take them along on my walk in the park because I was embarrassed to try them out when anyone could watch my feeble efforts. We did meet a family using the poles though and I asked them their opinion. They said they loved them and they really helped take stress off knees.

So- yesterday I took them on a trail that is across the road from us to try them out. At first they felt awkward, but gradually they started to feel more comfortable. They caused me to walk faster and going up the steep hill, I just zoomed right up and didn't feel the usual gasping for air at the top syndrome.
I think I am going to like them.

The poles have rubber tips that one can take off if walking on trails. The only problem I had was this trail is made of compacted stone and some loose stones. The poles would sometimes skid off the stones.
They would have worked perfectly on the walk in the park trail.

Now if this gorgeous weather would last for another two months, everything would be perfect.
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    Congratulations on your new trekking poles!! You will love them! Quite a few years ago I was hiking with one of my grown sons and nearly slid off a muddy narrow ledge and my son pretty much ordered me to get a pair of Leki Makalu's. They give me freedom to go on trails I'd not be able to manage alone with questionable knees. emoticon

    Now...about that emoticon (ahem)

    ~Cindy emoticon
    3341 days ago
    That's interesting. I was kind of looking into these, but then realized I walk with my dog and that would be impossible. We do some serious high power walking, but good to hear about these. You would love the paved bike path (Rock Creek Park near DC) that I walk on everyday. Perfect for those walking poles. emoticon

    Happy walking.
    3341 days ago
    I LOVE it when you can reward yourself with something healthy - especially something that works as it is reported to. CONGRATULATIONS on your find!
    3341 days ago
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