Why Use Walking Poles?
Because of the benefits of walking poles, people are now beginning to buy one for themselves. Using a walking pole is very much recommended for people who plan on going for a walking holiday with long and hilly walks.
If you use walking poles, your feet, legs, knees, and back will not feel so much stress. This is true because there is an even sharing of load with the walking pole across the whole body. This is especially true if you are carrying a heavy backpack.
There are other benefits in using walking poles. Included in the benefits are the protection of your knees when walking down steep hills, aids balance on uneven trails, improvement of power and endurance when walking uphill, increases your speed going downhill, improves your posture and helps your breathe, burns more calories because of upper body and leg workout, provides extra stability, reduces fatigue and improves endurance, strengthens muscles that support the spine, and builds muscles in arms, neck, and shoulders.
If you are going to buy a walking pole, there are guidelines offered by manufacturers as to the right length for your height. There are those who say that the poles should be adjusted according to terrain. You need to lengthen your poles when descending and shorten it when ascending.
With long handles, walkers are able to move their hands up and down to either lengthen or shorten the poles according to the terrain.
With arm at right angles to the ground, your hand should be able to lightly grip the handle; this is the right length for a pole. You will have your forearm parallel to the ground with bent elbows in this position.
It is good to add straps to your walking poles. You can loosen your grips and walk more relaxed with the use of straps.
By placing your hand up through the strap and forming a large O shape with your thumb and forefinger, you make the best use of your straps. Then slide it down around the pole handle.
The downward pressure applied to propel yourself forward is transferred from the tension applied between the wrist and strap and not from your tight grip on the pole handle.
So, your poles become an extension of the flow of your wrist, arm, and whole body movement as you stride along.
When traveling, make sure that your poles are shortened or folded up. Traveling can be much easier if your walking poles can be put inside your travel bag or attached to your backpack. Shorten your walking poles to make traveling easier.
You can enjoy walking greatly if you have a walking pole since it gives you many benefits.