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Balance Walking combines the 4 pillars of health with complimentary elements that provide a synergistic effect unlike any other single program of its kind.

The Chinese have a saying that 10,000 steps per day lead to a healthy mind and healthy body. Through the use of Balance Walking you can reduce this number down substantially and get increased benefits. The reasons most people don’t stick with any program is time and convenience, Balance Walking eliminates both of these excuses.

1. Dr. Cedric Bryant, Chief Science Officer for The American Council on Exercise (ACE) states “It’s so low impact and joint friendly, and it’s a relatively simple way of taking what many people are already doing, walking, and boosting it up a notch to burn extra calories.” – The Wall Street Journal, 2/1/07.

2. “As a trainer and athlete, I am amazed with Balance Walking. Regardless of your age, you can walk to good health. You use 90% of your muscles, it is low-impact and you can have fun while exercising. I have clients with Parkinson’s and other medical conditions who have difficulty walking. With the Nordic poles they are now walking with better posture and able to work out with more intensity. I have another client who has lost 12 pounds in 6 weeks of Balance Walking. I can’t say enough!” – Karen J. Iverson RN, CPT, CFT, Fitness Practitioner, CHN, Balance Walking Master Instructor.

3. Cooper Institute Study Summary, September, 2002, validates calorie burn as well as no perceived increase in exertion.

The Cooper Institute in Texas compared physiological responses of Nordic Walking to regular walking. The calorie expenditure and the oxygen consumption increased an average of 20%, and the heart-rate increased with 10 beats per minute when using the Nordic Walking poles. The interesting thing is that even though the body works harder using the poles, the RPE (rated perceived exertion) was the same walking with or without poles.

Dr. Tim Church said, “Some individuals increased as much as 46% in oxygen consumption and just about the same in calorie expenditure.”

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“Individuals who poled more intensely had higher oxygen consumption.”

“There is potential for considerably more or less benefit depending on the selection of poling-off intensity. This may have particular significance for individuals who need to increase calorie expenditure but have walking speed limitations.”

“Increased calorie expenditure, with no corresponding increase in perceived exertion during Nordic Walking, may have important public health applications.”

4. Nordic Pole Walking burns up to 46% more calories that exercise walking without poles or moderate jogging. (Cooper Institute, 2004, Dallas and other). Extremely great weight loss program in combination with conscious nutrition.

5. Increases heart and cardiovascular training to 22% more effect (Foley 1994, Jordan 2001, Morss t al., 2001 and other).

6. Incorporates 90% of all body muscles in one exercise and increases endurance of arm muscles (triceps) and neck and shoulder muscles (Latissmus) to 38% (Karawan et al., 1992 and other).

7. Eliminates back, shoulder and neck pain (Attila et al., 1999 and other).

8. Less impact on hip, knee and foot joints about 26% (Wilson et al., 2001 and other).

9. Increase production of “positive” hormones. Decreases “negative” hormones (R.M. Klatz et. Al., 1999; Dharma Singh Khalsa 1997).

10. Supports stress management and mental disorders (Stoughton 1992, Momment-Jauch, 2003).

11. Human Performance Laboratory, University of Calgary, Bio-Mechanics of walking in the Chung Shi health shoe, October, 2006.

12. National Consumer Research 2005, Finland. Research article on Nordic pole walking and health benefits.

13. New German fitness trend makes strides 2005.

14. Research on results on responses to pole walking training published in 1992 by Stoughton, Sarken and Kareven from the University of Oregon

15. Effect of Chung Shi walking shows on posture, foot shape, balance, flexibility, menstruation, pain, body composition, and gait, EWHA Women’s University, Gait Biomechanics Laboratory, Yi Kyung OK, November, 2006.

16. Children and Obesity
On the July 3, 2000 issue of NEWSWEEK magazine, the cover featured children with a headline reading, “FAT FOR LIFE” and included an article about six million kids who are seriously overweight. What can we do?

Today, the fat epidemic for kids continues, with an estimated eight million children and adolescents who are overweight. These numbers are substantial and based on current trends. Thirty-three percent of children born in the year 2000 will develop Type II Diabetes.

Medical studies indicate that this could be the first generation where children will die before their parents. As a parent, these numbers are alarming, not to mention the additional medical costs and quality of life this generation will need to face.

There is no strategic national or state policy to combat obesity and physical inactivity. Obesity rates for both adults and children have more than doubled since 1980. “Lack of funding” is the excuse that is being used as the number one barrier to addressing the growing problem of obesity?

Both the medical community and the county officials are beginning to recognize that childhood obesity is a serious public health problem, an issue that increases morbidity and mortality, having substantial medical, economic and social costs.

How many articles and studies do people need to wake up? It is estimated that medical costs and lost worker productivity, as a result of obesity, is approximately 117 billion dollars and 27% of health care costs are directly associated with obesity. We live in a country of convenience and quick fixes. What makes it worse is that we are to blame for the position in which we have placed ourselves, and if we as parents and a nation wait for someone else to solve the problem, it is not going to happen. NOTE: OBESITY WILL NOT GO AWAY BY ITSELF AND WILL CONITNUE TO GET WORSE, NOT BETTER.

I find it humorous that everyone is looking for someone to blame. Some of the most common scapegoats include the government, workplace, community, schools, fast food, television, computer games, vending machines, cafeterias, food manufacturers, and the list goes on.
NEWS FLASH: The only person to blame is YOU! We will expand this to the primary culprits, your parents. This is where it starts, and ultimately there is really no one else you can blame.

Please stop blaming businesses and the government for your problem. Businesses exist to make money, if you buy it they will sell it. If you want healthier, better quality foods then establish the need, and believe me, the businesses will respond. The government is not the cause or the one to blame for our society’s eating problems.

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