By the way, Polish jokes (i.e., jokes about Poles) and all ethnic jokes are always forbidden on my blog. And, on this post specifically, I will refrain from making adolescent comments about any men pictured with well-used poles, etc. Oh, did I mention the option of a solid pole or a pole that extends to its full length and retracts again so it can be easily tucked away? (Sorry. Add juvenile snicker here).
|DOING IT RIGHT: SHE'S GOT WHAT IT TAKES AND SHE KNOWS HOW TO USE IT.|
The idea behind Nordic Walking is that the entire body is used when the arms (and poles) are moved correctly. It can be a good workout that produces "...up to a 46 percent increase in energy consumption compared to walking without poles." I see all types of people walking along the paseo proudly displaying their Nordic poles (another snicker... So I lied; I just can't help myself). A few are clearly getting a good workout. Others use the poles like hiking sticks; still others simply drag them along. My guess is that most pole-walkers don't achieve the intended benefits.
|POLE-WALKING THE PASEO PRIOR TO THE PESETA (THE SCULPTURE).|
|ONE OF OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS, SANDPIPER, COMING UP ON THE LEFT|
(JUST PAST THE ICE CREAM SHOP).
|PASSING THE MONUMENT TO THE [NAKED] TOURIST.|
|ABOUT TO FACE OFF?|
|A RARE SIGHTING (FOR ME)... POLE-WALKERS ON A SIDE STREET.|
|PASSING US BY AS WE HEAD FOR OUR MORNING COFFEE.|
|NORDIC WALKER IN THE MIST.|
|ANOTHER MISTY EYED POLE WALKER.|
|POLE-WALKING TO CHURCH... IN PARADISE.|
(WELL, NEXT TO PARADISE, A COCKTAIL LOUNGE, WHICH IS NEXT TO MANILA, A CAFÉ.)