“It is impossible to prevent the decline of physical strength completely in elderly, but appropriate physical activities and regular exercise can slow down the speed of decline. ” Study
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In order to create a new healthy habit, you will need to find something that is convenient with your schedule,
enjoyable, affordable
and fast.
These four requirements will make your circadian exercise easy to stick with.
Adjustable Nordic Poles are convenient, because they can be in your car ready when you are. Balance Walking is enjoyable. We all have been walking for decades, so it is fun to add something new to the walk. The spring-loaded poles gently propel you along and the added balance allows you to look up and enjoy the view. A one time cost of less than $50 makes nordic walking poles affordable. Got 15 minutes for Facebook? You have 15 minutes to take a walk. Balance Walking fast, because adding the poles to your walk increases the benefits in half the time.

Exercise should be enjoyable. Keep your goals realistic and achieve them everyday.  Link to Facebook Page

You  can go days without water, weeks without food, but only a few minutes without oxygen. I believe scientists are just beginning to understand the value of breathing deeply and oxygenating the body.

Balance Walking is a great way to increase circulation to the level that burns fat and will oxygenate the body.

Thin In No Time

How does simply adding poles get you in the fat burning zone?

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Balance Walking burns calories at a faster pace than ordinary walking. The beauty of Nordic walking is that even though your body is earning more benefits due to the poles, your perceived rate of exertion is less – it feels easier. This is because the spring-loaded poles actually propel you along your way so that you feel comfortable and not out of breath. All exercise improves when your breathing is relaxed.

Even at the end of your walk when you start to tire, the poles will keep your body aligned and your core engaged which delivers a greater benefit to the entire body. Balance Walking was designed as a pain-free exercise, that won’t put undue stress on the joints, so now you can walk further and more often.

The unique characteristic of Nordic walking means that you lose weight faster and more effectively than if you simply ran. The problem with running to lose weight–which Nordic walking corrects–is that running often makes the heart rate so accelerated that their bodies end up not burning fat for fuel, but sugar for fuel instead. “Through the fat burning zone that is a direct result of Nordic walking, you get to burn 40 percent more fat than you would if you ran.”

The final reason Nordic walking can help you lose weight is because of how convenient it is. It fits into your schedule because you can take them anywhere and pull them out when you have a spare 15 minutes. Balance Walking adjustable and portable Nordic walking poles can be there when you are ready.


You have been walking for many decades, and we all know that repetitive action can be boring and make us trudge along. Something new and stimulating increases our pace. Balance Walking is fun and easy, which reduces the metabolic cost,  adding  even more benefits for your 15 minute investment.

Invest in yourself. Go to Balance to visit our new webpage and find a health and wellness plan that works with your individual needs. Visit our affiliations page for specific health issues, and start enjoying your walk.


Five Steps To Improve Attitude!


Staying mobile is one of the most important things you can do for yourself.

Mobility is the key to longevity, so keep moving to stay in shape. Adding Balance Walking Poles will bring additional benefits to your walk, and allow you to achieve your goals in half the time. Walking with poles engages 90% of the muscles and burns up to twice the calories in half the time.


Since intense interval training should be done sparingly and for short duration, walking should never really leave your conditioning portfolio. After all, interval training for over 30 minutes at more than 75 percent intensity can be detrimental to your gains.2

As a result, low-impact walking is a great activity to employ on your non-interval conditioning days. It increases heart health and helps your muscles and joints stay healthy. It even decreases stress. Adding poles increases cardio by up to 21%, while decreasing pressure on the joints up to 30%.

You really only need to walk a maximum of 30-45 minutes a day, but when adding Balance Walking to your regime just15-20 minutes will do the job. 1 Interval training paired with a few weekly walks will keep you lean and mean.


VISIT BALANCE WALKING.COM AND TAKE 25% OFF ALL ORDERS, use code hw25. Balance Walking poles can help with all the steps below that will get you well on your way to an improved attitude.

  1. Stand Up, because if you stay in a seated position for more than one hour you lose circulation to your entire body. Poles by your desk or couch can serve as a tangible reminder to get up and move.
  2. Stretch to increase blood flow to the muscles. Stretching feels good for a good reason, it has a multitude of benefits. Use the poles to stretch holding above your head and gently leaning to one side.
  3. Take a Walk, because moving on the outside helps to keep everything on the inside moving along. Poles + Walking = 90% Muscle Engagement
  4. Breathe Deeply, oxygen is what the body is trying to deliver to all the cells. Your body needs a large supply of oxygen to deliver it to all 37.2 trillion cells. Poles naturally align your body to stand erect and this helps your lungs expand and increase oxygen intake.
  5. Keep Walking and keep it fun by adding Balance Walking Poles. You have been walking for decades, adding poles adds a new enjoyment level. It has been proven that if your mind is enjoying your exercise choice your body will receive more benefits. All this happens, just by adding poles, and that simple addition also reduces the perceived rate of exertion…in other words… POLE WALKING FEELS EASIER THAN WALKING WITHOUT POLES, WHILE INCREASING ALL THE BENEFITS TO YOUR BODY!corwell2 It is no wonder that Europeans look at you funny if you are out walking briskly without a set of poles. They make it naturally easy to maintain good form, even after many miles. It is a simple concept that has become the #1 choice for exercise in Europe and Australia.   Circulation + blood flow + oxygen = steps to a great attitude!
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15-Minute Power Walk That Blasts Fat

Thousands of doctors recommend it. Hundreds of studies extol its benefits. It’s simple. It’s enjoyable. You can do it virtually anywhere. And, when it’s done right, walking can blast away fat as fast as jogging—maybe faster.

The secret is shifting from the typical window-shopping stroll to a more athletic gait and pace. It takes a little practice, but the payoff is a total-body makeover that’ll definitely put some strut in your step. The spring-loaded poles gently propel you along, making the increased pace feel easier and the body floats with 90% of the muscles engaged. Now the legs and feet are not doing all the work, because the poles distribute the work.

21 Days to Make a Walking Habit

Walking is a good prescription for everyone.

Nine walking tips this November, for people with diabetes.
1. It Takes Only Three Weeks to Make a Walking Habit
To make a habit, it is important to start each walk with the same routine and get yourself excited for your walk. It does not matter how far you walk, you can start with a walk to the mailbox if you like, Balance Walking Poles help you walk further and build up the walking habit. start-a-habit
Sample Routine:
Inspect feet and put on socks and walking shoes.
Check blood sugar levels.
Drink a glass of water and pack a bottle for the road.
Put on identification that says you have diabetes.
Pack a couple honey candies
Take along a positive attitude
2. Choose the Right Shoes
Most people know that preventing blisters is important, because diabetes can slow wound healing. Properly fitted athletic shoes will help prevent blisters and other injuries. The best way to know if you have the right shoes for your unique feet is to visit a Foot Solutions store. Their fit experts have both the knowledge and the technology to help you find the perfect fit.
3. Socks are Important
Socks are also a critical defense against blisters. Cotton socks can retain sweat and cause blisters. Foot Solutions carries socks that help keep your feet dry and prevent blisters.
4. Check Your Blood Sugar Levels
Check your blood sugar levels before and after walking.
Speak with your doctor, if you are new to walking, and ask if you should check your blood sugar level during the walk.
5. Walk as Many Times a Day as You Can
Morning exercise is recommended, since it avoids the peak insulin part of the day, especially for Type 1 diabetics. An hour or two after each meal can be a good time to walk. Take your poles and burn up to twice the calories in half the time.
6. Be Aware That You May Need More or Less Insulin
When starting a walking program, consult with your physician on how to adjust your medications.
7. If You Feel Thirsty – You Waited Too Long!
Drink before, during and after walking to prevent dehydration.
8. Know the Signs of Hypoglycemia
Know the signs and symptoms and listen to your body. Possible symptoms could be weakness, confusion and hunger. Balance Walking Poles can help if you feel dizzy, but if that unstable feeling comes from hypoglycemia stop and enjoy a honey candy or two.
9. Walk With a Friend
Walking with a partner has many benefits:
You can watch out for each other, and keep an eye on signs of blood sugar levels.
Walking with a friend can help keep you more regular in your exercise, but so will the routine you created.
If you both have a set of poles you can look at each other while talking and walking. If you are walking alone, Balance Walking Poles free you up to look around, instead of down at the ground.
The more you enjoy your walks, the more you will walk.


5 Blue Zones for Long Life

This is a guest post for Balance Walking by Mango Health.

Ever wondered how you could reach 100 years old? Since the 1990s, author Dan Buettner has been traveling with teams of researchers to Blue Zones, or places where people live the longest. Though these areas are all over the world, each share five common habits you can adopt to live a long and healthy life, too.

According to National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers, the five major Blue Zones span the globe — from Okinawa, Japan, where people have the longest disability-free life expectancy, to Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, where Buettner says residents are four times as likely to reach age 90 than people in the United States.

At Mango Health, we believe that being informed about your health is an important part of living a long and happy life, so we’ve rounded up five healthy habits from these communities around the world that may help you promote your longevity:

Kick back.

Find ways to shed stress, whether it’s praying or reading a book. Researchers have found that each Blue Zone is characterized by a slower pace of life and lower stress levels, so learning to relax may be a big part of reaching old age. Not sure where to start? You might consider taking up daytime dozing: studies have even shown that taking a half-hour nap for five days a week can help lower your chance of heart disease by a third.

Stay connected.

Another common thread among the Blue Zones is the presence of strong family and community connections. In fact, being lonely in the United States can takes about eight years off your life, in comparison to the most connected people. In Okinawa, parents prevent their children from loneliness by placing them in a moai, or a committed, long-term social network. If there are ever any tough times, maintaining connections can make sure you’re supported.

Eat less meat.

Whether it’s chicken, pork, or beef, you’re most likely to think of meat if you think of the word “protein.” But Americans who eat the highest levels of meat in this country have about 70 percent higher mortality and a four-to-five-times-worse chance of developing cancer than people who eat less meat. Consider going for a cup of beans instead — it’s a strong source of protein and is much cheaper as well. Each of the Blue Zones consumes diets characterized by moderate caloric intake, mostly from plant sources. In fact, on the Greek island of Ikaria, the population has 20% less cancer, half the rate of heart disease, and almost no dementia. To get started, try out this recipe for Ikarian Longevity Stew.

Move naturally.

If going to the gym seems like a pain, consider gentler ways to include physical activity naturally. People of the Blue Zones often engineer “nudges” to be active, such as gardening or walking. Sometimes it may even be preferable to slow down and do things the old-fashioned way, whether it’s kneading dough by hand or taking the stairs instead. It may seem inconvenient at first, but taking steps like these will help you get into the habit of incorporating some extra activity in your daily life.

Know your purpose.

Across the Blue Zones, each community was shared a sense of purpose, such as caring for grandchildren or civic volunteering. Often this was tied to religious faith — though denomination doesn’t seem to matter, attending faith-based services for four times a month does seem to have an effect on longevity. So whether it’s your job, a hobby, or your faith, make sure you have your reason for waking up in the morning.

Looking for more resources to help you live a long and healthy life?

If you’re currently managing a health condition, check out Mango Health, a free smartphone app that makes it fun and easy to develop healthy habits. And for more information on Blue Zones, visit the website for the Blue Zones research group or check out Buettner’s latest book, The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People. Order Spring-Loaded Balance Walking Poles


Take A Stand and Fight The Sitting Disease!

?An empowering piece of research was released in 2014 from Indiana University stating if a person stays in a seated position for more than 60 minutes, it has a drastic result on the body. Sitting for over an hour forces half the circulation to the legs to be cut-off. “The study participants who walked for five minutes for each hour of sitting saw their arterial function stay the same.”(1) If this is not enough information to scare you straight out of your chair add a “90% drop in a circulating blood enzyme called lipase, that is responsible for breaking down fat.”(2) All these factors affect the amount of oxygen delivered to your cells.

The empowering part of this study is that if you get up and move before the clock strikes an hour these impairments do not happen. Please note that the study does not show the circulation cut-off just decreasing if you do not let yourself sit for an hour straight, it shows that there was zero cut-off. The report also made it quite clear that exercising for hours at the end of the day does not affect these results. Information is power, and you now know if you walk just 5 minutes every 55 minutes, that your arterial functions will stay the same.

The human body can go weeks without food, days without water, but only a few minutes without oxygen. When circulation is decreased the amount of oxygen being delivered is also decreased. “Max VO2 is the maximum amount of oxygen a body can use to make fuel. Low VO2 is a good predictor of disease and early mortality.”(3) It is possible to boost your VO2 with exercise, so let’s get moving.

Do you need additional reasons to remember to walk every hour? Balance Walking poles can be a tangible reminder to get up and move, and the poles also help you get the job done faster. Get the most value from those few minutes every hour, just by adding poles to your walk your cardiovascular raises up to 20%, which raises your oxygen levels. When you start walking with poles you start engaging 90% of the muscles in your body and start burning up to 50% more calories. By taking a set of poles on the walk a person can almost double the walk benefits in half the time.

If you take a look at Europe, you will notice there are not as many gyms and you will also notice many people using walking poles. There are over 8 million Europeans that use this form of exercise. Do you know anyone who sits for more then an hour? Share this information with them, and don’t let anyone stop you from taking a walk before the clock strikes the one hour time bomb.



1. Indiana University study released on Sept. 8, 2014 “Short walk breaks

found to reverse negative effects of prolonged sitting”





The Boomer generation is redefining what our current expectations are, from their personal choices for healthy food over fast food, to how they exercise selecting Balance Walking over high-impact running. They are kind to their bodies and in-tune with the correlation between healthy choices and longevity. This generation is having an impact on almost every industry, and to get a sense of the transformative effects Boomers have on the economy, review the impact on these 3 business areas:

Employment/Retirement: Not all Baby Boomers want to retire the way previous generations have. Ray Margiano said that “Baby Boomers should be called ‘Zoomers’, because this group paved the way for healthier alternatives to live and work by, and are redefining what retirement is and will be”. This generation is seeking new work opportunities after retiring, and the good news is that companies today are hiring the 65+ individual. "In fact, 57% of private sector employers planned to hire seniors in 2015”. –Career Builder Survey, 2014 A popular retirement career for Boomer’s is a Foot Solutions Franchiseand there are quite a few reasons for this choice. It has high profit margins for the investor/operator or the owner/operator, so people have the option to work in the store. It is an opportunity to help their peers, because the main goal at Foot Solutions is to keep people mobile and pain-free. “By 2030, the number of Americans over 65 will have grown by 75% to 69 million”.webmd , that would be a lot of retired people for society to bear, so be thankful that the Boomer generation wants to keep on working.

Wellness & Fitness: The Baby Boomer generation can be credited for building this industry that is currently exploding with new followers from every generation. This generation takes the time to research what is best for their body. “Six out of ten Boomers exercise multiple times a week. As a result, they are creating a demand for wellness and prevention products and services that will only grow as they age”. – Engage Boomers. People in America are beginning to realize why Balance Walking is so popular in Europe and Australia. By adding Nordic Walking Poles the exercise increases in benefits to the body, engaging 90% of muscles and burning up to twice the calories in half the time. Adding poles to the walk makes it easier on the body, reducing stress on the joints up to 30%, while the spring-loaded poles gently propel the body along so the perceived rate of exertion is decreased. I am not sure who coined the phrase, "work out smarter, not harder" but I would bet it was a Baby Boomer.

Brain Games: Boomers do not want to just maintain their youthful energy and activity levels, they want their minds to remain sharp. The silent generation has "one in every three seniors dying from dementia. The brain fitness market has grown dramatically due to Boomer investment in games and services that aim to improve mental dexterity and brain fitness". – Engage Boomers In fifteen more years there will be 69 million Americans over 65, it will be very interesting to see how this industry grows to meet the Boomers needs. I expect this will be an exploding niche market. “As people begin to experience declines in their sensory capabilities, they will demand – and respond to – products and services that help them maintain their active lifestyles”.

Boomers are the largest and biggest spending generation. They are a powerful force for the economy. The company that keeps its eye on the holistic approach will be rewarded, because this generation does not want to fix it as much as it would like to just keep the body running smoothly. Preventative maintenance extends life! Baby Boomers are reinventing aging, and have the potential to become a social resource of unprecedented proportions.


Pole walking can give you a great lift

The obvious question upon spotting someone walking along with poles in their hands – for those who are not aware that enthusiasts claim it burns 46 per cent more calories than normal walking – is why?

“We do get funny looks when we’re out walking,” admits Helen Beckley, 32. “Safety in numbers – we’re all looking mad together, and we enjoy it, so we don’t mind. But if I got a dirham for every time someone passing me said: ‘Oh, you’ve forgotten the snow,’ I’d be very rich!”

Beckley became the UAE’s first qualified Nordic Walking instructor two years ago and works with ProActive sports company, which runs twice-weekly Nordic Walking sessions on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island.

“It originated from cross-­country skiing and it’s what cross-country skiers do in the off-season,” she says, “so people associate it with snow.”

Nordic Walking is not to be confused with trekking, hill walking or trail running, which use different poles and techniques. Nordic walking poles are gripped and released so as to give the upper-body muscles a workout at the same time as the legs.

“The poles help to propel the walker along,” explains Beckley. “It means you work harder than usual, yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier.”

Beckley alternates her routes each week and varies the focus of the sessions too.

“Sometimes we’ll find some slopes – hills would probably be a bit of an exaggeration – to go up and down. I always try to include a bit of strength work as well so we might stop and do some press-ups or triceps dips on the benches en route.”

In Dubai, British expatriate Joanna Macdonald, 53, leads groups pole-walking – or “soul walking” as she likes to call it. Whereas Beckley’s groups are run primarily as a way for people to get fit, Macdonald set up Keenfit Middle East in Dubai seven years ago.

“Previously, I was head of corporate affairs for HSBC and then Barclays, I had two young children and I worked 24/7. The miracles of life were passing me by,” she recalls. “I had an epiphany, and decided to change my priorities. Running Keenfit walking groups was a wonderful way to meet people again. When you’re walking, you let go and talk about things. People keep their eyes down when they first start. I tell them to acknowledge people who walk by with their eyes, because you feel so much happier by making eye contact.”

Macdonald’s Canadian Keenfit walking poles, which she sells for Dh250, come with three different toggles at the bottom so they can be adjusted for sand, flat paths and fields.

Since launching the business, Macdonald has helped to establish Keenfit-affiliated groups as far away as Africa. A representative of the Saudi National Guard, who learnt to pole-walk with Macdonald in Dubai, now has his troops doing it in Jeddah.

“Pole-walking is a great stepping stone to get back to exercise for people who carry a lot of weight or haven’t been flexible for a long time,” says Macdonald. “The poles aren’t just there to give you extra cardio, they’re also there to support you so you’re walking in perfect alignment. Like yoga, pole-walking helps to create balance.”

Balance With Benefits

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This is an article published in the CMTA Magazine and written by JOSEPH GREGORY STILWELL, DPM, FACFAS, read about all the Benefits of Balance Walking…

Imagine being a four-legged animal, using Nordic walking poles to prowl city streets with the strength and balance of a big cat on a savannah. Now imagine using Nordic walking poles to participate in yoga and Pilates. Imagine walking outside, breathing deeply, chest wide and spine lifted tall.

Exercise walking? Some of us just want to increase our confidence on stairs, step gracefully over a curb or get help with a weak ankle or painful back. Nordic walking poles have a patented three-piece strap that allows the user to open the palm of the hand and push downward into the poles, lifting the rib cage and giving the lungs plenty of room for expansion. A whole hour can be spent using the poles for bending, stretching or squatting—all exercises that help with balance.

Those of us with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease are used to walking a little differently. We may “lurch” when fatigued, the result of our upper bodies favoring one side or another as we walk. With a set of walking poles, though, we become rhythmic, smooth and mostly pain-free. While few of us can achieve the physical therapists’ ideal of symmetry between the two halves of the body, with walking poles we can function as if our length, strength and flexibility were equal throughout our bodies.

Walking poles offer people with CMT not just a way to get and stay fit, but also a training aid for walking and balance. Medical studies on “pole walking” uniformly show better breathing, less stress on joints, and other significant advantages over running, including more calories burned in less time. In a related note, evidence has been mounting that using a tempo like a simple musical rhythm helps with neurological re-training. Walking with poles at a basic metronome-like pace results in smoother nerve conduction. For urban or hard surface walking, a rubber tip can be placed on the end of each pole. This allows one to truly push into the pole, lift the spine and propel the legs forward. These high-traction rubber tips help keep one from sliding when performing a leg up stretch or pushing the body into a lifted twist using the arms and shoulders.

The beauty of using two Nordic-style poles when walking is that as your legs get tired and foot drop or ankle rolling gets worse, the poles can be “push-pulled” to use the stronger muscles of the shoulders and trunk to take stress off the tired legs and feet. Plus, you can always stop and do some stretches, deep knee bends or twists with the poles to bring a spring to your step.

My wife and son and I recently pole-walked through the Loop area of Chicago. It was a joy to be able to gaze upward at the tall buildings with confidence that our poles would keep us upright, stable and able to lean back to peruse the beautiful architecture. The same technique works in wooded areas or parks where we can admire the tree tops, listen to nature’s sounds and even muse at the clouds—much like being a kid again.


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CMTA Advisory Board member Dr. Greg Stilwell demonstrating the body alignment Balance Walking Poles promote.