I have always been very active: running, biking, lifting weights, etc. I just happened to read an article about Nordic walking, got some poles, and was hooked. It's like flying! My husband just bought me a beautiful pair of Leki vario pacers, and I absolutely LOVE them. There are very few (if any) Nordic walkers in this part of Pennsylvania, and I am spreading the word to everyone I know (and to those who ask me what the @#$% I'm doing!).