Whether you like to walk your neighborhood streets, forest preserve trails or along the beach, a walking stick is not only a great way to keep your balance, but used in the right way, it can increase the value of your workout.
Virtually any walking stick will boost your walk’s energy-burning efficiency, since you’re using otherwise sedentary parts of your body (arm, forearm, and shoulder) to move a walking aid that weighs anywhere from one to two pounds. However, the health benefits of using walking sticks is amplified when two walking sticks are used, because at that point, the entire walking experience transforms into a full body workout.
Walking with two walking sticks (also called Nordic walking and pole walking) involves using all-limb motion with each stride. As you walk, and your feet move in stride, your arms also swing with the weight of each walking stick, providing exercise for the upper part of your body that would normally not receive much benefit from walking. Pole walking burns more calories than regular walking, since several core upper body muscles get stimulated and worked out through two-pole walking.
Key benefits of two-stick walking include:
• Increased aerobic capacity
• Greater muscle strength
• Overall full-body fitness
In order to make walking for fitness a fun and enjoyable experience, Brazos walking sticks has developed our FitnessWalker Walking Stick. The stylish FitnessWalker empowers you to exercise confidently as you walk briskly through your neighborhood, favorite trail or walking track. This oak fitness pole is created by hand from a single piece of wood, making it superior to other fitness walkers that may have moving parts or breakable pieces. This strong and attractive walking stick gives you rock-solid stability and assurance, wherever your fitness walking may take you. While perfectly suitable as a single stick, the FitnessWalker was designed to be used in pairs, in order to offer the entire range of benefits available with pole walking. Like all of our walking sticks and canes, the FitnessWalker is American-made by our local artisans in Waco, TX.
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