Why buy poles when you can walk without them? Walking at a brisk pace is a great alternative to aerobic training for those who aren’t fit for running (eg, those with spinal problems). But ordinary walking and Scandinavian walking are not the same thing. In the first case, you get the load mainly on the legs and train the heart. In the second, the shoulder girdle, as well as the muscles of the back and neck, are included in the work, oxygen consumption increases. Dr. Aaron Baggish, director of the cardiovascular program at Harvard University’s Massachusetts Hospital, complaintsthat with normal walking, only 50% of the muscles of the whole body are included in the work, and with Scandinavian walking – from 80% to 90%. In addition, poles can reduce the load on the leg joints.