If you are looking for some great (free) information about walking poles or just to read what a local champion has to say about them, let us introduce Mox.
Norman (“Mox”) Moxey is a mechanical design engineer and bushwalker who is involved in the design and development of outdoor adventure equipment.
“Mox” is associated with the ultra lightweight specialist firm, DAC Featherlite, who produce Helinox brand walking poles. He makes presentations to bushwalking clubs and other groups to explain the techniques of walking with poles that produce most benefit for the bushwalker.
We think he has a very important message and invited him to share his thoughts.
Over to Mox:
I was good at school and my mum wanted me to be a doctor. I hated the sight of blood and became an engineer. I’m now involved in advanced lightweight design with Helinox and I help people by explaining how to use poles to get more health and fitness benefit from their bushwalking. I’m not a doctor, but my mum would still be very happy.
Australian bushwalkers are realizing that there’s a lot more to using poles than just avoiding a fall at that creek crossing.
For most of us, walking is an important part of our exercise. We know that walking increases blood flow to help prevent heart disease, and most of the other things we’d like to avoid. Attitudes to trekking poles changed dramatically when the Cooper Institute found that using poles when walking boosts blood flow by a further 20%.
Research also indicated that the extra blood flow doesn’t require greater exertion, in fact using poles makes it seem easier. Suddenly 10 million Europeans are using poles and sales are soaring in the US.
But the benefits go beyond engaging the upper body muscles to increase blood flow and make walking easier. Keeping our ” wearing parts” in working condition has become a big issue. I meet too many people (many young and otherwise very fit) who are concerned that their bushwalking might soon end because of knee, feet, ankle or hip wear and damage. A nice part of my job is helping them ease the pain by explaining how to use poles to reduce stress loads.
It doesn’t take much thinking to work out that those same stress loads are what caused the wear and damage to the joints in the first place! The best part of my job is helping bushwalkers avoid premature joint wear and injury.
Walking with poles to reduce stress loads on the lower joints is the key, but the important part is technique. It’s simple. It becomes obvious once shown, but it’s NOT instinctive and it needs a little explanation. That’s why we produced an illustrated booklet to explain how to use poles for maximum benefit. It was only intended to be supplied with our poles but we’ve been asked for spare copies and now we make it freely available to everyone.
You can order the free booklet or download it now by visiting this page on the Helinox site
I sincerely hope the information is helpful to you . . . and so would my mum”.
Best wishes ” mox”
Disclaimer: Mox contacted us to discuss advertising on Our Hiking Blog. We read the guide and think it is a fantastic resource. Following a long phone chat he offered us a couple of pairs of Helinox walking poles to try out. They have arrived and at first sight look the goods. The plan is to try them out and get back to you with a review. We feel another video coming on, look out!