Recovery after an injury, surgery, joint pain, or any other type of muscle or joint fatigue, a good quality low impact exercise equipment should be used in order to allow your body time to repair itself.
But what is low impact exercise equipment that does not cost “and arm and a leg” to purchase?
One Of The Best Total Body Workout Tools
Just to name a few of the low impact type exercises, swimming has been one of those that have been towards the top of the list.
On the other hand, unless you have a pool in your backyard that can accommodate you, or a handy “down the road” local pool, for most folks, a daily swim is out of the question.
But…what about a daily walk? You’ll be amazed at the tremendous benefits that come from a daily walk. However, with walking, usually only the lower part of our bodies get any type of exercise.
Since we want a total body workout, why not add walking poles/sticks to your arsenal of equipment?
What To Look For In Walking Poles
Often times a novice pole walker will think, “I have a walking stick that will work just fine, after all, I’ve had it for years, so I’ll just use this instead of a new purchase.”
Others think similarly about using ski poles.
However, we need to recognize that ski poles or a cane-type walking stick, when being compared with specially designed walking poles are very different from each other.
What About Trekking Poles?
Trekking poles have a ‘swing’ weight that will allow a person’s forward motion to work for them.
Trekking poles are usually planted to the sides of ourselves for stability while we cross rugged terrain.
If your walking route is over rugged terrain, then the trekking pole is ideal. If not, then the more versatile walking pole is what you’ll be wanting.
A Quick Overview
Choosing the correct type of handle grip is important. The Nordic brand is one of the top choices to begin with. Cork handles for warm or hot weather, neoprene or different types of rubber handle grips for cooler weather.
These poles have a sleek design manufactured into them. Lightweight yet very sturdy for walking and/or power walking.
Keeping our walking pole in our hands is highly desirable. To make it simple to do, we find the Nordic “passive strap” to be one of the best.
It differs from the loop strap in that it allows our hand to conform to our pole without fear of losing our grip.
A few of the higher-end type poles allow you to “unclip” your hand straps from the pole itself.
Keeping the strap connected to your hand while you get a drink from your water bottle, remove or put on your jacket, consult your hiking/walking map and so on, makes for an enjoyable walk.
Regardless of whether or not your wrist strap remains attached to your walking pole or is removable, you should always use it correctly. Be sure the velcro is around your wrist for a comfortable fit.
Know Your Poles
Poles are not created equal. The Nordic walking pole is specially designed just for walking. Light in weight, strong enough to hold up to it’s purpose, with very little swing weight.
Nordic poles are designed to dampen any type of vibration that can make the user tired. Not surprisingly, they also absorb shock as you walk, giving you the most comfort possible.
Leki, one of Nordic’s pole manufacturer’s, offers a lifetime guarantee against breakage on their adjustable locking type pole. Trekking poles.
Having a pole to be able to adjust to your stride and height, is a real plus for the serious or even the casual walker.
A Walking Tip
If you have ever used a cane or crutches, or perhaps know someone that has, then you are aware that if the rubber is missing from the tips of either of these, the cane or crutch is pretty much useless.
Why? It’s just too slippery.
Nordic walking poles, as a low impact piece of equipment, also has specially designed tips for different types of terrains.
City sidewalks, asphalt or other hard walking surfaces (such as mall walking) are ideal for the rubber tip design that comes with the Nordic walking pole.
On the other hand, if from time to time, you choose to walk on gravel, sand, grass, or dirt, most poles allow you to remove the rubber walking tips to expose a more pointed type tip that allows your pole more “digging” power as you walk.
Need To Know
Whatever your preferred walking terrain may be, keep in mind that tips do wear out. Take a look at them when new, observe them from time to time, note the wear and replace them when needed.
Usually you can order replacement rubber tips for under 18 dollars.
Still unsure of which pole to choose? Don’t be in a hurry to purchase until you know what length pole you’ll be needing.
Have a walking experience? Share it with us in the comments below. 🙂
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