How to Exercise by Walking with Poles
Is it boring during a walk? No one to talk to and listening to music is nice but it doesn’t get the heart rate up? Don’t have time to dance on a pole or spend money on an exercise club? Here’s something that’s really catching on… walking with poles. It jazzes up the walk and gives a person “an overall body workout at the same time” says Mike Perko, PhD in the article, “Pole Position,” in
, February, 2010.
Walking with poles is much like cross-country skiing
According to Perko, it is walking with what looks like a ski pole in each hand and is much like cross-country skiing without the snow. One of the current rages, “walking poles have become some of the hottest, and least expensive, fitness equipment around,” he states. You plant a foot and push off with a pole. You are “feeling muscles in your upper body and abs spring to life” as you take each step, he describes.
Using poles for walking is simple
Using them seems simple and it really is. But in question is if it really is a workout? Perko says that researchers in Wisconsin discovered that walking with poles increased the pole-walking study subject’s use of oxygen during exercise by 23 percent, they burned calories at a 22 percent higher rate, and they raised exercise heart rates 16 percent higher than study subjects walking without the poles. As well as those statistics, additional research has found walking with poles reduces impact forces on lower limbs and body when walking. This is welcome news to those exercisers who have bad knees and avoid jogging and strenuous walking.
More secure stability is offered by Exerstrider poles are good for exercise on streets, sidewalks, and paths. Trails and uneven terrain are best assisted by use of Trekking poles like