OMG! You will not believe how cool these trekking poles are. First, they REALLY take the pressure off of your knees when you walk. But mostly they are FUN!
I started using trekking poles because my knees hurt ... from fat prejudice. Yes, that is what I said. My knees did not hurt from my weight, but rather from fear of fat (when I was younger) and fat prejudice in our culture.
Back when I believed the cultural myth that anyone could be lean if they just exercised more and ate less, I used to run three hours a day. That is the amount of compulsive, eating disordered exercise that was necessary to keep me less fat. (Even at that level of exercise I still counted as "overweight" by the ridiculous BMI charts.) While running three hours a day my knees began to hurt. What did the doctors tell me to do for my hurting knees? They told me to lose weight. So I ran more. I ended up running a marathon at age 25 and being diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knees when I was 26 years old. So you see, my knees have hurt most of my life ... from fat prejudice.
Back to trekking poles: Whether I am walking through the Lansdowne, PA streets or hiking in one of our many parks, when I use my trekking poles I am sharing the work between my arms and legs. It really reduces the stress on my knees and gives me a great workout in my arms too.
When I work with Lifestyle Coaching clients who have knee problems or balance issues, I often recommend they try this fun way to go walking. I have gotten many rave reviews from those who have taken my suggestion.
When you go to this site and enter "trekking poles" in the search, you will find several selections. The price range is from about $30 to $80. I also made some poles that worked pretty well out of bamboo stalks. But I had to keep replacing he rubber tips so often and repairing my homemade hand grips that I just bought a pair of real trekking poles. The real ones are MUCH better to use.