Friday, October 24, 2014

The Return Of The Poles

They're ba-ack. They're probably not from Poland — although I haven't asked them. Whenever I overhear them talking, it usually sounds like Finnish to me (with now and then some English).

What matters is, summer is over, most vacationing Spaniards are back at work, and the city is once again an international destination. And that means, if not Poles, at least "pole walking" has returned to Fuengirola. (Click here for last year's introduction to Nordic Pole Dancing.)

Some people (a very few) do seem to use the walking poles in the intended way. Others (most) seem to simply drag them along. But at least they're all out walking.












While looking for a good Polish polka band, I found this. They're Ukraninian but still...

22 comments:

  1. Mitchell, they definitely not from Poland, But this sport is getting more and more popular here. All ages are walking. It is very fashionable now. Maybe I should should start walking too..

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    1. Gosia:
      I'm sure the walking sticks are great exercise when used correctly. So many people I see simply drag them along. Better to just walk and use your arms!

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  2. I enjoy walking, but with poles? I dunno about that.

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    1. Bob:
      I don't need those poles to keep my arms moving when I walk. And I wouldn't want the encumbrance!

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  3. I had theese in Sweden http://www.bungypump.se/en
    they were really good

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    1. Kristina:
      Just something else for met to forget somewhere.

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  4. Yep! The poles have landed once again I see.
    You are correct Mitchell, if the poles get them out and walking, well that is good (hope they have on their rubbers)!!!
    Love that last shot!

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    1. Jim:
      So far, I haven't heard the clicking of metal. Are yours for sale in the shop?

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  5. Why can't they use good ole walkers like the rest of the old folks?

    saludos,
    raulito

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  6. All that's needed to make this post complete is a video of some polka pole Pole dancing.

    Happy weekend, dear man. xo

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    1. Robyn:
      Ja ja ja.... that's ha ha ha in Spanish... I seriously tried to find a pole dancing video set to polka music. No luck.

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  7. I've never seen a pole walker, or a pole dancer.

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  8. I want one of those walking sticks. They look so much snazzier than my cane.

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    1. Maria:
      I don't think those walking sticks are much good for stability. Besides, I've seen some really beautiful canes. Maybe you should get yourself a new arty one (or several... to match your outfits... or your jewelry).

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  9. Hi, Mitchell...my first visit to your blog, and I'll be back. Loved the pictures of the pole walkers. Many people use at least one to make sure they don't lose their balance, but also to ward off an inquisitive dog. Visit me at http://senioradventureswithlindakay.blogspot.com

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    1. Linda:
      Thanks so much for visiting. I promise to do the same.

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  10. In 2005, my sister and I went to Iceland where I met a Swedish woman with those poles called Nordic Walkers. She said her doctor prescribed them to help her recovery from hip surgery. I guess they exercise the upper and lower body at the same time.

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    1. Ms. Sparrow:
      When used correctly, I would imagine those Nordic Walkers would be of great benefit. I rarely see them used correctly here, but I think they look like they could be fun.

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  11. oh, that sort of poles. I am rather slow this evening.
    I too want a pair; seeing them as people hike the rocky trails around phoenix.

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    1. Spo:
      If you actually make use of the poles, as opposed to dragging them along, it would be like a cross-country ski workout. Very good.

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