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.