Feb 2022 | By Catherine Daley
Walking poles help to improve your balance and stability when out and about. Not only that, but they help you to maintain proper posture so that you’re walking in a more-upright position, and they may help to strengthen your upper back muscles. In addition, walking poles take some of the load off of your joints and lower back, especially if have arthritis or back problems.
Trekking through the countryside
If you’re planning a walking holiday, especially if your daily walks will be long and hilly, the use of walking poles will help to reduce the accumulated stress on your feet, legs and back by sharing the load more evenly across your whole body.
When walking uphill, the poles offer extra power and help with your balance. When going downhill, there’s no doubt that they will help to protect your knees from the impact of walking, and you may find that you gain speed. When it comes to uneven terrain or walking on cobbles, the extra two points of contact will boost your confidence, and help to alleviate pressure, especially if you’re feeling fatigued towards the end of your walk.
When travelling with walking poles, make sure that they can be shortened or folded, and check with your airline to see if they can be taken into the cabin.
The benefits of walking with poles
What to look for when buying poles
Using your poles
Walking improves your attention span and your outlook on life. According to researchers, walking outside can boost virus and tumour-fighting white blood cells. It’s a great activity to do alone or with others.