Today during my walk from Nebias to Puivert I used my Leki poles. I bought them for VBW but never actually used them because my hands were always full of cameras, dictation devices, satnav kit and what have you.
I believe they have several USPs. One is that they take some weight off your knees with each step, thus ensuring that the knees are more likely to be preserved for posterity. Another is that they clearly help you, when negotiating a steep hillside, to remain upright. The third is that they use your upper body and give some exercise to parts which walking would otherwise not reach.
I am certainly in need of exercise all over, having done little for the past three weeks except eat. The rot started when we made a one-week visit to England for various purposes, including a round of visitations to friends and relatives we do not normall see very often. Of course this was lovely, but the downside in such circumstances is that every visit seems to include a feast, either in-house or at hostelries and restaurants. At the same time, because of the driving involved, and the fact that our time is put at the disposal of others - that is why we are there, after all - little if any exercise is indulged in.
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