Published on March 22nd, 2013 | by Greg0
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.