A friend, on the Daily Health Challenge site, suggested that I forgo running for the time being and instead get myself a set of trekking poles. She use to run a personal training business and she told me that using the poles while walking would burn 40% more calories. I'm all for that and I found the poles at an amazing price on Sierra Trading Post. They were almost giving them away because they usually sell for over a hundred dollars a pair. For starting off, these look great and since I do all of my walking and running cross country and over fairly rough terrain, trekking poles should add some stability and balance as well as a terrific upper body work out!