Invented by leading trekking pole manufacturer LEKI in 1974, trekking poles have fast become a common sight on our outdoor British landscape. Many have already discovered the reasons why poles make for a better outdoor experience including Plas y Brenin National Outdoor Centre whose instructors use LEKI and who also offers LEKI poles to their guests. However if you’re yet to be convinced, Dave Cheetham, marketing manager at Plas y Brenin, gives us five reasons why a good set of walking poles is a wise investment:
1. Walk for longer: by distributing the weight between the upper and lower body muscles you can walk for prolonged periods of time. What’s more, recovery is faster too.
2. Walk faster: walking to a rhythm increases your pace and can help maintain your speed on tricky terrain – more of that great British outdoor air and all with less perceived effort.
3. Inject some power into your walk: poles are like a 4-wheel drive for humans.
4. Walk tall: using poles brings the posture upright, especially if using a pack when the tendency is to stoop forward. An upright silhouette also helps open the lungs and improve breathing.
5. A handy companion: trekking poles have other uses too – use them to swipe away stinging nettles and brambles; for testing the depth puddles before ploughing through them and clearing away the cobwebs on early morning walks.
Concerned they’ll get in the way? Then try folding poles. One of LEKI’s best sellers, folding poles are fast becoming the pole of choice.
For more information on outdoor courses at Plas y Brenin visit: www.pyb.co.uk
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