Today, many people see the benefit of walking poles and this is why it is growing in popularity. Using trekking poles for MS 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 because the walking pole shares the load evenly across the whole body. This is especially true if you are carrying a heavy backpack.
There are other benefits in using walking poles. 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. You should be able to adjust your poles according to the terrain. For descending, poles are set longer and for ascending, shorter.
With long handles, walkers are able to move their hands up and down to either lengthen or shorten the poles according to the terrain.
To determine the right length for a pole, you hand should be able 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.
It is good to add straps to your walking poles. This will allow you to walk with a looser grip and a more relaxed style.
You can make the best use of the straps by placing your hand up through the York Nordic strap and form a large O-shape with your thumb and forefinger. You then need to 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.
The flow of your wrist, arm, and whole body movement extends to your poles as your stride along.
When traveling, make sure that your poles 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. If your walking poles are shortened, then traveling with them will be easier.
There are many benefits to using a walking so on your next walking holiday, everyone should bring a pair along.
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