My daughter appeared carrying a longish box decorated with a big colorful bow. She said she bought me a present and wanted to get it to me before I bought some. Then I knew what it was....... walking poles.
I got into the habit of using walking sticks and mine went kaput. A few years back, when I started walking, I used some old ski poles but then graduated to a cheapie pair of sticks with 2 adjustments on each pole and a non-carbon probe. I soon learned to dislike the 2 adjustments because they didn't stay locked and kept falling apart as I walked. I also had worn the tip to the nibs.
I guess she was tired of me grumbling about my sticks. The new ones are super nice with one adjustment, lightweight but strong with carbon probes. Very soon the mountain behind my house will be free of ice and I can shorten the poles a little for the steeper incline.
Do you remember the early Nordic Track? Walking with sticks is that kind of motion as one gets a rhythm going with the feet and arms. I must be a trend setter, as I'm noticing more and more people using the sticks in the park.
When I began walking daily, it was to exercise Cody. Now it's more for me. My body craves that walk every day, come snow, high winds, hell or floods. See ya on the trail.
Do you have a daily exercise program keeping you captive?