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Which Type Of Walking Pole Is Best? 

Centimeters Or Inches…Which?

Most manufacturers make their walking poles in centimeters. If you are unfamiliar with cm, then the following steps will put your mind at ease when you are ordering walking poles, especially if you do so online.

1. Take your height in total inches and multiply by 2.54 which will give you your total cm height.

2. Then take your total cm height and multiply by 0.685 which will give you an estimated pole height (length).

On the other hand, if your poles should be measured in inches, use this formula for and estimated pole height (length).

1. Once more, get your total body height in inches and multiply by 0.685 which will give you your estimated pole height (length).

Adjusting the Adjustable Nordic Walking Pole

Loosen the adjustable pole and allow it to slide to a height that is a wee bit higher than your chest.

(Do not tighten)

Then place the tips next to your heels.

With tips next to your heel, extend your arms out in front of your body with pole in hand.

Allow pole to slide together until your hand is just above your waist. Note where the desired height is and tighten pole.

It’s usually best to do one pole, then make the other pole the same length.

Don’t Overdo it

Beginners usually start out with much enthusiasm, then, because of overdoing it at first, along with sore joints and muscles, they get discouraged.

Some stop completely.

A word to the wise…Start out slowly and build your skill level along with your self confidence in your personal appearance.

Shorter pole lengths are great for starters.

But as you progress, longer walking poles will be desired. Adjustable walking poles will allow for this needed change.

Walking up hills, soft soils such as grass, sand, dirt and so on, you should shorten your poles by about one inch.

Injured? Then the shorter pole length will also work for you.

Maintaining Your Walking Poles

If your choice in walking poles is a fixed pole, then your maintenance is simple. Wipe clean, check the rubber tips for wear, maintain your handle or grip area and strap, and you are pretty much done.

Adjustable poles require a bit more maintenance, but not much.

Checking the rubber tip grooves to make sure they are free of dirt and grime will give you better contact with the walking surfaces. Wipe dirt, snow, grime or other debris from your poles.

Adjustable poles can be taken apart for a more thorough cleaning. Just be sure and follow the instructions that come with your poles as to the correct way to do so.

Caution is needed when tightening adjustable poles. Often times pole walkers will over tighten their new poles. Be careful! We do not want to strip the threads.

My Walking Shoes

Now that we have our walking poles, the next item to address is our footwear. This is one area that most walkers sort of skip over.  It’s true that if you’ve got a comfy pair of shoes that you enjoy wearing, then by all means, use them.

On the other hand, just like anything else in different fields of training, there are specially designed shoes that make your walking more enjoyable and productive at the same time.

Our feet need to be taken care of.  As we walk, tremendous amounts of stress are brought to our feet.  Movement (forward motion) and our body weight (gravity) plays an important role.

Great looking shoes are one of the first things that people see.  However, good looks do not necessarily translate into foot comfort, support, or longevity of the shoe itself.

Just my size

Just my size

What To Look For In Walking Shoes

Once more, keep in mind the type of terrain you will be walking on.  In the city, mountain trails, dirt, gravel, and so on.  So, choose a shoe that will be appropriate for that type of walking.

Can I use running or jogging shoes?  These have been used by many walkers.  But are they the best choice?

Runners or joggers type shoes are designed with the knowledge that when running, the toe hits the ground first, then the heel.

Walking is just the opposite.  So, heel support would be a major factor in choosing the correct shoe.  This is applicable for both men and women.

Nordic does make walking shoes that meet all the needed requirements.  Nordic shoes are designed to move you forward or propel to somewhat, as you walk.

However, there are other manufacturer’s that do also.

Whichever shoe you choose, be sure that you have plenty of toe room for that forceful forward pushing movement with each step.

With that pushing movement in the toe, it also needs to be quite flexible.  You will be surprised at how much movement your toes go through when walking, especially when compared to runners toe movements.

Since your heel contacts the ground first, it needs support along with a good insole type of cushion that will be able to take the shock of each step.

Excellent hiking/walking shoes

Excellent hiking/walking shoes

When choosing your walking shoe, if possible, try on as many different types of shoes as possible.  If purchasing online, then be sure and see what the return policy is.

A soft upper shoe makes short work of the break-in time frame.  But, just like anything new, break them in slowly.  Let your feet get used to them.  Note any tendency for newly found “sore spots” on your feet.

Your feet will last you a lifetime.  Take care of them.  They are the walker’s best friend.

Written by :  Tom McDaniel Share this with friends

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