Why We Love Travelling And Hiking Poles (And You Should, Too!)

Amid the current lockdowns and the challenges of CoVID-19, people are now looking to times when they can escape the confines of home and being landlocked.

You may be dreaming of wild open spaces, oceans, and the freedom to explore the world once again. A return to travel will lift spirits and help the world economies to recover and rebuild, faster and better than ever before.

But for now, we will have to wait and dust off our travel guides, maps, and suitcases, watch some more episodes of National Geographic and imagine being in foreign climbs. 


Walking For Health

Until you can safely traverse the local terrain, you could learn more about walking for health and how this form of exercise can help improve your mental health, cardio, and overall well-being. 

As a low impact form of exercise, it not only helps to oxygenate all your cells. Walking can also release endorphins to make you feel fantastic.

You could even investigate a new style of walking, called Nordic Pole Walking, this style of walking use walking poles. 

The benefits of Nordic Pole Walking are that it combines cardiovascular exercise with a vigorous upper body muscle workout, which concentrates on your shoulders, arms, core, and legs. In  Nordic Pole walking, you also burn more calories, it raises your heart rate, and you walk faster than an average walking speed. 

There are six other styles of walking that all help to burn calories, raise your energy levels, and keep you moving; you can learn more here:

  • Brisk Walking.
  • Race Walking.
  • Power Walking.
  • Chi Walking.
  • Marathon Walking.
  • Stroller Walking.

Hiking & Trekking Pole Lengths

When starting on a trek, a hike, or Nordic Walking, you should think carefully about making sure that you have the correct equipment that will not hinder your progress or become a hazard.

Here are a few guidelines to help you select the right hiking poles or trekking poles:

  1. You will need to consider your height. If you are taller than 6 feet, you should choose hiking poles or trekking poles with a maximum length of 51 inches.
  2. If you are shorter than 6 feet tall, you will have to adjust your trekking pole or hiking staff to ensure that it works safely for you and does not impede your walking stride.

You may also need to invest in clothing and additional equipment, and always remember to keep yourself well hydrated, eat a healthy, nutritious diet that supports your body’s needs.

Travelling Post COVID-19

Post the COVID-19 Pandemic; you may not wish to return to travel as it was before the Pandemic. Many people are now looking at Staycations, that allow you to explore your countries natural beauty.

Other people will not want to return to polluting the skies and damaging the planet, with pre-COVID levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide, currently at a record low level as the environment recovering and repairing the damage.

So, what will you do to resume your travel plans and save the planet?

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