Practice. Get a feel for the action of walking with the poles. Walk carrying the poles and then dragging them to get accustomed to how it feels walking with them. Also practice planting the poles in the earth, while gripping the poles and pushing back as you step forward.
Pay attention to your arms. Walk with your arms in front of you. Your arms should be parallel with the ground. Bend your arms at a 90-degree angle and "pump them back and forth like pistons as you pace," reports U. S. News and World Report.
Step strong. As you step forward with the left foot, plant the tip of the right pole across from your left ankle, or heel. The pole should always be angled toward, but not in front of, your body. Repeat with each foot. If you are walking fast, your strides should be smaller, while slower strides can be larger.
Stand tall. U. S. News and World Report states leaning forward is a mistake many make walking with poles. Standing straight will help work core muscles.
Add a bounce to your step. As you gain experience, try bouncing off (stepping with a little push, or bounce) with each step to increase the intensity of your workout.