Walk for Life 

Will be included in the upcming Salt Spring workshop on June 23 and 24.

Also online training coming in 2018. Please inquire if you are interested

Learn to improve the movement function of a dynamic, lively, pleasurable, healthy walk.

The Walk for Life 48 hour program will include experiential indoor movement lessons taught online to convey simple yet potent movement strategies that effect beneficial long-term change in strength, posture, flexibility and sense of well-being. It also incorporates walking in nature with the use of Walking Poles as "homework", leading you to adopt natural walking for health and pleasure in your daily life.  

The full program is an Integrated training; it includes the 24 hour (6 sessions) Didactic Teacher Training which is woven into the Walk for Life curriculum. "Homework" done in small groups and self-study, round out the program.  

The program can be taken for personal education, continuing education credits, and teacher training certification.

Outlines of the course are provided plus recordings of the sessions.

Please note: additional hours for Mentoring and Practice Teaching are required for those wishing to receive a Walk for Life Teacher certificate who have no previous Movement Intelligence certification.

Improvements in balance and gait have been validated by the University of New Hampshire’s Department of Kinesiology.

“Walk for Life participants improved their walking speed, step length, and time spent on each leg during walking. They also experienced an improvement in their overall balance confidence.” 
- Erik E Swartz, PhD, ATC, FNATA 
 Associate Professor, Clinical Coordinator, Athletic Training Education Program, University of New Hampshire

"Walk and be happy; walk and be healthy. The best way to lengthen out our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose."
- Charles Dickens

What you do today will be easier to do tomorrow.

What you don't do today will be more difficult tomorrow.

Everyone knows that Walking equals Health.

Quality walking is both a measure and indication of fitness and longevity. To find quality walking, we go beyond popular suggestions, fashions and opinions and look for the model of objective criteria in nature itself. The exclusive contribution of the Walk for Life program is in its strategies to engage the organic subconscious to correct itself.

Co-ordination: how to achieve harmonious cooperation between all body parts with an integrative perspective, awakening your organic intelligence of spontaneous self-correction.

 

Propulsion: how to use the alternating shifting of weight from one leg to the other in walking, and learning the undulating rhythmical wave for generating the propulsion of walking.

 

Impact: how to outsmart gravity in auto-mobilization by striking the foot onto the ground in a way that loads the body with rebounding impact of upward elastic forces.

 

Alignment: how your skeleton can align into a streamlined trajectory for the transmission of the two way force, the body mass bearing down, as well as the springy reaction up, streaming from end to end, without loss, deviation, or compression.    

The 10 most significant benefits to walking with poles:
 
1.     Tones the upper and lower body at the same time. 
2.     Develops upright body posture.
3.     Uses 90% of the skeletal muscles.
4.     Burns up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking.
5.     Strengthens bones and combats the effects of osteoporosis.
6.     Reduces impact on knee and hip joints by 30%
7.     Burns up to 46% more calories than regular walking. 
8.     Increases heart- and cardiovascular training up to 22%. 
9.     Helps to eliminate back, shoulder and neck pain.
10.   Supports stress management.

 

Research

A novel sensorimotor movement and walking intervention to improve balance and gait in women

Published Online: October 08, 2014

Highlights

  • •Women participated in a 5-day, intensive mind-body exercise intervention.
  • •Outdoor walking and sensorimotor movements were performed multiple times per day.
  • •Mobility, balance confidence and quality of life improved after the intervention.

Abstract

Purpose

This study evaluated the effectiveness of a 5-day mind-body exercise (MBE) program on measures of quality of life, balance, balance confidence, mobility and gait in community-dwelling women.