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.
There won’t be too much stress of your feet, legs, knees and back when you use walking poles. This is because the walking pole shares the load evenly across the whole body. If you are carrying a heavy backpack, then a walking pole will help to share the load.
There are a lot more benefits to using a walking pole. Your knees get protected when walking down steep hills, your balance is aided in uneven trails, your power and endurance are improved when walking uphill, your speed downhill is increased, your posture is improved and yours breathe easily, you burn more calories because of upper body and leg workout, you are provided with extra stability, your fatigue is reduced and your endurance improved, your muscles that support the spine are strengthened, and the muscles in your arms, neck, and shoulders are built.
If you are going to buy a walking pole, there are guidelines offered by manufacturers as to the right length for your height. It is important that your poles could be adjusted according to terrain. You need to lengthen your poles when descending and shorten it when ascending.
The long handles on some poles is to help walkers move their hands up and down the handle according to the terrain.
The right length for a pole is that which allows your hand to lightly grip the handle while your arm is at a right angle to the ground. You will have your forearm parallel to the ground with bent elbows in this position.
Straps should be added to your walking poles. This will allow you to walk with a looser grip and a more relaxed style.
Straps can be made better use of by placing your hand up through the strap and making a large O shape with your thumb and forefinger. Then slide it down around the pole handle.
It is not from your tight grip on the pole handle where the downward pressure applied to propel yourself forward is transferred but from the tension applied between the wrist and the strap.
The flow of your wrist, arm, and whole body movement extends to your poles as your stride along.
So that you will have convenience in traveling with your walking poles, make sure that they are shortened or folded up. IF you can fit your poles in your travel bag or attach it to your backpack, then it will be easier for you to travel. They are easier to travel within a shortened form.
There are many benefits to using a walking so on your next walking holiday, everyone should bring a pair along.