Walk The Nordic Way

Naturally we learn to walk from a very young age, but as you get older walking turns into a great way of keeping healthy and a way of burning a large amount of calories.

You can take your walking up a level with a pair of solid Walking Sticks such as the ones shown here at the bottom. Make sure to use the most suitable tip for terrain you will be on whether its concrete, grass, mud, stone etc.

It is known to have a large benefit on your health by increasing your heart rate, strengthening your main muscles in your upper body and it burns a lot more calories, and to top it off it will feel like less hard work as it is low impact and fluid. It originated from a training method used by ski coaches and skiers in Norway when off Season to keep them fit and healthy. It really evolved from there taking place all over Europe from France to Finland to the US in the late 80s when the technique was “Urbanized”.

It can be done anywhere and many different people use it to there advantage such as backpackers so it can ease the weight on there backs or even anyone with knee pain or hip pain as they find they can walk more powerfully while there pains are being eliminated making for a much more enjoyable walk.

The technique to Nordic walking is having a loose grip on each of the sticks and with every stride you apply a decent amount of force with your sticks keeping the sticks close to you and behind you, not in-front of you like crutches.

Its the ideal full body workout for all ages. Give it a go!

Buy Nordic Walking Poles
Buy Nordic Walking Poles

New Completely White Sticks For The Blind

Getting to know your way around is one thing, but being as visible and safe as possible is just as important. Having a completely White stick will keep you highly visible especially in heavy Traffic areas, and with the option of having a Anti-Slip Ice Grip added on along with other useful accessories will make you fully functional and safe this Winter. The Anti-Slip Ice Grip fits any Walking Stick by tightening the 2 screws and when you are indoors or if the weather has turned for the better you can flip up the spiked end very easily. Keep yourself safe with the help of this stick and its accessories.Anti-Slip Ice GripWalking Stick for the Blind

More Carbon Fibre Walking Sticks Now in Stock

Due to the popularity of our range of carbon fibre walking sticks we have introduced a few more this week. There’s the new crook handled canes, one fixed length one piece cane and the other is height adjustable. The fixed length cane weighs just 210g! And the adjustable just 230g!

We also have a new folding cane and two new crutch handled canes, all three in a deep burgandy colour.

Even though the carbon fibre sticks are a little more expensive than the aluminium or wooden canes, we have found them to be one of the best selling sticks. This popularity is no doubt due to the amazing lightness and strength of carbon fibre, this amazing modern high-tech material.

Please go the website to find out more (measurements and images)  about the new walking sticks in stock and ready to order now!

More News about the Slikstik, the Brilliant Walking Stick Invented by Denise Anstey

One of new walking sticks, the Slikstik has sold particularly well since it’s introduction about a month ago and its no surprise! The Slikstik has lots of practical and ingenius features such as a built in torch and strong magnet in the handle to pick up dropped keys and the like. Denise Anstey (the designer and inventor of the Slikstik) was the overall winner at the Global Women’s Inventors and Innovators Network 2009, winning the British Female Inventors and Innovators Award 2009.

Walking Stick Inventor 

Inventor of the Slik-Stik™, Denise Anstey, approached TCL Products in 2008, in the hope that we could help bring her fantastic product to market. After a car accident in 1998, Denise was left significantly disabled and has since remarkably overcome many challenges. Her inventionof the Slik-Stik™ was borne out of her struggles and her desire to help others in similar situations.

Re-defining the walking stick, Denise has created a safetyand environmentally conscious, essential mobility aid which she hopes will make a positive difference to someone’s life. Truly an outstanding award but a recognition of not only the hard work bringing the product to market but to the design and concept of the stick itself.

We think this walking stick is amazing and are pleased that it is so popular. You can order it on the website here http://www.walkingsticksonline.co.uk TCL Products is a family run business offering many other innovative, practical products for everyday living, check them out in Google!

Amazing New Safety Wallking Stick, the Slik Stik!

Introducing the Ventus safety walking stick by inventor Trevor Baylis. Its the stick that everyone is raving about! It has been sold widely already through the QVC shopping channel and has been featured on programmes like “BBC Working Lunch” and in many newspaper and magazine editorials. This amazing new stick is available to purchase from http://www.walkingsticksonline.co.uk at £35 plus P+P.

The SLIK-STIK™ is the brainchild of Baylis Next Generation protégé, Denise Anstey, a disabled lady who was dissatisfied with the poor ergonomics and basic function of conventional walking sticks.

The Slik-Stik folds for convenient storage and portability, whilst maintaining a firm and rigid support when extended. A four – position stem adjusts easily to your preferred height while the comfortable and well designed hand grip has a rubberised non-slip coating.

The front of the hand grip incorporates a super bright LED torch light which shines a forward beam and a foot-fall floodlight to ensure safe footing at night on pavements, steps, and other trip hazards. The rear of the handle incorporates a built in panic alarm that can be activated to alert for help.

A further press on the control button provides high intensity red LED strobe lights located down the shaft of the stick, adding safety and security when walking near to traffic or crossing roads.

Better still, the above functions do NOT require the use of disposable batteries therefore ensuring an Eco-Friendly product. Even though the hand grip has a superb ergonomic and compact profile, the engineers at BAYLIS have skilfully incorporated their latest state-of-the-art induction generator system inside. A minute winding of the retractable handle is sufficient to provide several minutes of emergency illumination, whilst the included mains charger will fully re-charge the system in around three hours.

Finally, one further frustration for Denise has been addressed by the handy inclusion of a strong pick-up magnet in the handle – just in case you drop those keys again, and a convenient wrist strap for portability.
Another BAYLIS winner!

“My original windup radio pioneered a new eco technology that is as relevant and cutting edge today as it was sixteen years ago.

Now we have developed a range of products that combine the best of these modern ideas with the freedom and energy efficiency of windup technology, including this fantastic safety walking stick.

I am so proud to associate my name with this revolutionary aid that could benefit so many millions of disabled persons worldwide.

Welcome to the next generation.”
Trevor Baylis OBE.

SlikStik safety walking stick

Things to Consider when Choosing a Walking Stick

The most important thing when choosing a walking stick is to
get the correct height. The easiest way to discover what height stick
you need is to stand up straight with your arms to your side and measure the
distance from your wrist to the ground, then this is the height you need.

It is important to find out more about the measurements of a walking stick
on a website before you buy because sometimes the measurements shown describe
the total height (i.e to the top of the handle) and sometimes it is the height
from the ground to the underneath of the handle. This could mean a difference
of up to a inch, depending on the handle type.

Some sticks are sold as a one piece, fixed length item and others are adjustable.

The second consideration is the TYPE of handle that will best suit your needs.
There are generally quite a few different styles to choose from, all with their
own special purposes.

Derby walking canes are popular because the Derby style handle is designed to hook over the wrist to free up the hands when required. Crook handles offer the same benefit, hooking over the wrist or arm.

Anatomical shaped handles, i.e handles made of a resin or moulded plastic which fit the shape of the palms are the most comfortable handle type. These types of sticks are usually sold in a right and a left hand model and usually bought as a pair. They are best appreciated by people who rely heavily on a walking stick (or two).

Crutch handles provide a reassuring grip, promoting confidence in the user. Crutch handles are also lighter and generally smaller than other handle types.

The third thing to find out about a stick is the maximum weight it has been
tested to support. Some sticks are stronger than others depending on the materials used to make the shaft.

Carbide walking sticks are the strongest (and most lightweight) that
money can buy. Other materials used are usually: Aluminium (for hiking poles, collapsible canes and folding sticks), wood ( Chestnut, Hazel, Beech, Ash and Hardwoods) or Bamboo.

Aluminium is strong and lightweight, wood used for stick making is carefully selected, dried for a year and treated so is a reliable source for stick making and bamboo is flexible and strong.

Number four. Will the stick be for occasional or frequent use?

This is a very practical question you need to ask yourself to save you money and to get the perfect stick for you. If a stick is for occasional use (for instance, you may need something to lean on when in a queue) a fold-able or telescopic stick is probably best. It is best to have a lightweight stick that folds or collapses down to a small size that can be kept in a handbag or rucksack when it is not needed so that you don’t need to unnecessarily carry around a walking
stick.

A flip stick or foldaway seat is a good option if you need a seat when out and about when there might not be any available (i.e at an outdoor event such as a fair or in an airport). Flip sticks usually incorporate a seat and a walking stick (with handle) in one, so you have the choice of a quick seat or stick as required.

If a walking stick is going to be used for frequent use, then a lightweight stick with a comfortable handle is the best thing, or perhaps even two sticks to evenly distribute your weight and the pressure on your hands.

The fifth point to consider is where the walking stick will be used. Will it be used around the house, for going to the shops and out and about, for walks in the countryside or to take away on holidays?

For use around the home, you will a stick with a rubber ferrule (tip) which provides a better grip on slippery surfaces than steel or brass ferrules. For general use around town, things to consider are the same as the previous points already mentioned.

For country walkers and hikers; lightweight hiking poles are an excellent choice as they are strong, lightweight and most importantly, adjustable. Usually sold as a pair, hiking poles can be easily and quickly adjusted in height. This is particularly useful for hill walking because you can shorten both sticks to ascend, lengthen to descend or have them at different heights for walking across a hill on a steep slope to help keep your balance.

There is a large choice of walking sticks on the market suitable for holiday makers. Any sticks that are fold-able or collapsible compact down to a small size for luggage.

To summarise, the five most important points to consider when choosing a walking stick for yourself or for someone else are; the height needed, the best handle type to buy, strength and weight designed to support, how often the stick will be used and where.

New Luxury Foldable Seat Stick

 

We have a new luxury foldable seat available now to buy online, price £52. The frame is made from Rose wood and the seat is made from strong leather, held together with strong fixings. This lovely seat folds up nicely and can be carried over the shoulder with the leather shoulder strap.

Leather Foldable Seat Stick

This very sturdy seat is great for picnics, bird-watching and outdoor events.

New! Handmade Walking Sticks at www.walkingsticksonline.co.uk

We are very happy to introduce a new range of handmade thumbsticks, hiking sticks and shepherd’s crooks available to buy now online.

A very meticulous man in Norfolk has set about hand carving a variety of sticks from British materials, including; Deer Antler thumbsticks with an English Hazel shank, Buffalo horn handled sticks and thumbsticks with a hidden calling whistle.

All of the sticks are made using either British Hazel, Chestnut or Ash and locally sourced handles.

We are also offering a bespoke service, so that you can have that extra-special walking stick made just to the right height and detail (for example, you could have a 37 1/2 inch thumbstick with three silver plated bands are the top of the shank and a lovely hand-carved Rosewood handle)

Ordering a bespoke stick usually takes between 5 and 10 days to be delivered to wherever you like (UK addresses only) and will make the perfect gift for someone special.

For more information click on the following link: HANDMADE WALKING STICKS

New Umbrella Shooting Sticks in Stock

We are happy to announce the arrival of our new umbrella shooting sticks available in racing green and a mutli coloured umbrella too.

Umbrella Shooting Sticks combine an adjustable walking stick, a comfortable seat and an umbrella all in one! They also make excellent gifts as they are very handsome and can be delivered to you, boxed, in 24 hours! (to UK addresses).

Umbrella Shooting Sticks

Our two umbrella shooting sticks have a stick height of 84 cm and a seat height of 68 cm. The metal work is aluminium and the seat is made from real leather.  We also stock shooting sticks without umbrellas, of which there are four altogether, including a very popular economy model at onky £28 plus P&P. Our umbrella shooting sticks are £99 plus P&P.

Please visit the website www.walkingsticksonline.co.uk to have a browse!

New! Cut to Size Service for your Walking Stick Purchase

We are pleased to announce that we now offer a crop to size service for any walking stick bought from www.walkingsticksonline.co.uk that has a wooden shaft. Most of our wooden walking sticks are one-piece and are of a standard height; 91 cms or 36 inches. So if you have just lost your favorite walking stick that was just the right height, you can now get a replacement from us at exactly the required height.

Walking Stick Cropping Service
Walking Stick Cropping Service

Please go to www.walkingsticksonline.co.uk to find out more or to place an order.