How about a new way of doing your cardio walking that can burn 40% more calories? It is called ski walking. Just as it sounds, it involves poles similar to ski poles that you use in conjunction with walking. Using poles forces you to stand more upright and therefore a lengthened stride. You also generate a faster tempo naturally. This combination of better posturing, longer strides and quickened pace, results in all-around better results.
Ski walking is also recommended for those with balance issues, knee problems, hip problems or replacement, back issues, weight issues. multiple sclerosis. Parkinson's, arthritis, bursitis, sclerosis, lumbar stenosis, fibromyalgia, post polio, osteoporosis and stroke recovery. The type of walking action used with fitness poles, reduce stress to shins, knees, hips and back. Using the poles strengthens arms, shoulders, and abs.
There are several companies that sell these trekking, fitness, or ski walking poles at prices from $25 to over $100. They have different features and I recommend that you research which is best for you at the price that fits your budget. It is necessary that you get the poles in the right length for your height. To shop you can either Google ski walking, or go to these company sites... Nordic Ski Walking, Summit Antishock Trekking Poles, Leki, Komperdell Trekking Poles, Easton Trekking Poles, Black Diamond Trekking Poles, or Atlas Trekking Poles.