In the meantime, I have continued to pole walk (Nordic walking) at least a few times a week. I really enjoy it. I wish more people in Omaha would take an interest in this sport, for that is what it is. People have said things about it being good for balance or stamina when walking. That is not what it is about. The poles are not assistive devices, they are sports equipment. The best comparison is to cross country skiing without the skis. Pole walking uses 90 percent of the body as opposed to regular walking with uses only 50 percent.