Use Balance Walking poles by swinging the arms in a natural motion while the tips of the poles make contact with the ground behind you. Use the handle straps to propel yourself forward using your upper body strength.
The first step to using Balance Walking poles is adjusting the poles to the correct height. For beginners, the elbows should rest approximately 1 to 2 inches lower than a 90-degree angle when the poles are held upright. For intermediate fitness walkers, the elbow should rest at a 90-degree angle. An advanced sport walker can hold her elbow 1 to 2 inches higher than the 90-degree angle while walking.
The second step in preparing Balance Walking poles is alignment of the rubber pole tips and adjustment of the handle straps. Aligh the rubber tips with a twisting motion so that they angle backward while walking. Adjust the handle straps so that the hook-and-loop fastener lies snugly against your wrist.
The third step is to begin walking. Your arms should swing naturally, while the poles drag along the sides of the body in a natural motion. Slightly squeeze the grips and apply pressure against the pole straps, using these to push off lightly while walking.