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Published on March 22nd, 2013 | by Greg


Halsa Resistance Poles: Fitter Walking

For many New Yorkers, walking is a way of life. And when traveling, there are plenty of times when we let our feet do the talking- whether it’s hiking around mountain trails, trying to navigate the shifting sands of tropical beaches, or even sliding our way across icy surfaces. But one thing that we rarely make use of during any of these activities: our upper bodies. That can change.

The Halsa Resistance Poles are similar to the poles you may have seen hikers use, but with a couple of critical differences. For starters, they aren’t really for balance, though they serve that purpose too. They even come with a few different feet- a metal stud for trails or ice or a rubber one for roads and tracks, as well as a basket attachment for gripping sand or snow. But the secret is in the resistance, a mechanism that pushes back against you as you push down, adding 13 pounds of force directed back at your arms. This strengthens your shoulders, back, and arms, ensuring that you get a full-body workout even while simply walking around.

They take some getting used to, and aren’t great for crowded streets. If you’re a speed-walker, they can slow you down a lot at first, as you try to figure out a way to pace yourself properly. But they really do seem to work, and your arms will feel it pretty quickly- that nice burn that comes with working out muscles that might not see quite enough exercise. As they claim, thanks to the “antishock and resistance design, you can significantly increase your calorie burn and cardiovascular workout. Unlike running, resistance pole walking is easy on your joints.”

Halsa Resistance Poles run between $80 and $120, and are available online and in stores. Perfect for anyone who walks- or needs to walk more.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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