Let’s take your Walking to the Next Level… of health, fitness and motivation. Just 15 minutes of low impact activity a day using 90 percent of your muscle improves; tone, cardiovascular and respiratory function, reduces joint impact, increase calorie burn, body balance, increased mobility and that’s for starters…
Balance Walking was recently introduced in January of 2013 to The Villages Florida and continues to grow. This is a 55 plus community with over 107,000 residents. I invited the residents to participate for no cost instruction and poles in an email blast, sent to 1200 residents. The first 8 hours of classes were filled in1 hour along with a waiting list of over 100 residents. In just a few short months over 500 Balance Walking residents were walking with poles, alone or in groups. This continued demand is on track to rise to well over 1000 residents by year end. I encourage all Walkers to join Balance Walkers to walk together, and in time discover how much greater the health benefits are with Balance Walking.
The Balance Walking poles and program has now become the official Pole Walking Club in The Villages and is on track to be the Next Pickle Ball Phenomena, as it is rolled out in the future to over 28 recreation facilities. The worlds’ first Walk n Neighbors Directory is filling daily in The Villages while reaching other retirement communities as well in the U.S.
Keep your eyes out for the News Headline which reads – “The Next Fitness and Health Wave in this Millennium – the answer to the ever increasing health epidemic we are facing in the US. The Health Equation may look like this; Poles + People = Better Health through Prevention delivered with an easy to do and motivational program. All ages, all health and fitness levels, all regions of the US.
In fact, the Balance Walking Poles will become an inter-generational innovative fitness tool, as it becomes the first activity of its kind to bridge the active aging with younger generations. We all desire more time together with family and friends, right….
Come and Join WALK n NEIGHBORS & SUMMER TRAINING SESSIONS
Sumter Landings Wilkerson’s Creek Picnic Pavilion
8am & 10am & NOON
OPEN TO ALL BALANCE WALKERS & WALKERS – WHO CAN WALK UNASSISTED LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE (12 participants / session)
Everyone is welcome to come and watch or walk with us without Poles while YOU learn more
FIRST STEP FOR EVERYONE:Contact Terry Kennedy at 770-653-5995 with any questions or simply send an email with name, phone number & village community, saying – “COUNT ME IN BEGINNER or COUNT ME IN INTERMEDIATE or COUNT ME IN ADVANCED”. Choose a Session – DAY & TIME that you wish to attend. Make sure to add your NAME, EMAIL, PHONE and Village you live. Due to limited spots available we will send follow-up email with “SESSION CONFIRMED or SESSION FILLED” email. If Sessions are FILLED we will contact you with any cancellations and as well for sessions coming at the end of July.
6 BEGINNER TRAINING SESSIONS – June 24 at 10am & Noon – June 25 at 8am & 10am – June 26 at 8am & 10am. One hour of FREE training. Poles will be provided to those who need. Many prefer to have their own poles which can be purchased at www.balancewalking.com . Go to BUY NOW, enter discount code: summerjune at checkout to save $20.00/pair. Poles retail at 49.95 + 10.00 ship = 59.95 so your poles are 39.95. You will be given your poles at training.
2 INTERMEDIATE TRAINING SESSIONS – June 24 at 8am – June 26 at Noon. One hour of training – will be for those who attended sessions in January – May (some exceptions however) and will include specific instruction for; cardio, toning, flexibility training. They will want to register online for training at www.balancewalking.com . You will then go to BUY NOW, at left side click on Local Events, and make $10.00 payment at checkout.
1 ADVANCED STRETCH CORDS & POLE TRAINING SESSION – June 25 at Noon. 1 hour of training open to those that have purchased stretch cords in advance or those that reserve limited loaner supply. In any case we must talk on the phone to determine your physical ability and the availability of stretch cords and poles. After we talk you will want to register online for this training at www.balancewalking.com. You will go to BUY NOW, at left side click on Local Events, and make $10.00 payment at checkout. We will be videoing this training as well as this will be the first training of its kind in the U.S.
All the session are open to everyone in The Villages whom can walk unassisted – being without a cane or walker. We are beginning discussions with Medical professionals so that we can integrate when appropriate. Please feel free to have your Doctor or Health professional reach out to me.
And of course we want everyone to meet others and sign up to be listed in the Walk n Neighbor Directory whether you are able to take a session or not in June. As we said before all walkers are welcome to join
Yes it’s a great day in The Villages. I am anticipating that many will take advantage of the Walk n Neighbors Directory. All those Balance Walking or just Walking without poles who want to meet other residents who are their neighbors are all eager to sign on. This is an answer to the many calls and emails daily from new Balance Walkers wanting to locate others to walk, that may live in their Village neighborhood. I anticipate connecting 100s of walkers over the next several months.
As of today I am compiling over 350 of The Villages new Balance Walkers in the 1st ever Walk n Neighbors Directory. All they need to start is to provide me their name, an email and or phone (optional), their district #, and the specific Village community they reside (no address). This can be sent to my email – email@example.com or they can call me at 770-653-5995 with any questions.
To help get the word out an announcement is forth coming in the Daily Sun paper to locate all the Balance Walkers whom have poles. I will reach out as well and provide the same connections in the directory for those whom walk without poles. I am told that every resident reads the Daily Sun paper from cover to cover, so I anticipate a surge of Walk n Neighbors being added to the Directory.
With several neighbor groups forming like the St Charles Angels Balance I know one thing for sure – that a Balance Walker is not hard to spot. They all are smiling, talking and in some cases more fit and mobile than they have been in years.
By the way you all look Fantastic!!!! They have discovered Walking at the Next Level…and that can be virtually any level. Whether for health, fitness, sport, rehab, or being simply more mobile….
Lastly, I am waiting on some action shots of the St Charles Angels which I will post later. Any one walking can take a 30sec iPhone video or snapshot which can be sent via email virtually instantly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can post and share…
This is the paper that everyone reads everyday to keep up with all the happenings in The Villages. When I say happenings, there is so much to do that they may want to establish a Happenings Concierge just to help residents decide from the multitude of activities for each day.
With over 1900 club meetings in The Villages that are overseen through The Villages District Government you can know that promoting an active and healthy lifestyle is paramount.
We can thank the club leaders Captiva Rec Center who all enjoy using their Balance Walking Poles – Maryann, Barb and Shirley ) whom all have unanimously added the poles to their own day. And of course the great friends they are making each day.
One of the most popular types of classes in TV focuses on Walking. There are 6 Walking Class types ( aerobics, beginners, intermediate, boot camp, advanced with strength training, walk away the pounds basics ) and now they have added the 7th group/club called the Wacky Walkers of Captiva. This meetup is outdoors utilizing of course their Balance Walking Poles beginning with just 15minutes and progressing to 45minutes. Of course some will find themselves going longer or more often during the day.
Ready to get started? Contact Captiva Rec Center or one of the other 27 Recreation Center Supervisors for help.
Terry Kennedy – Exec Dir, Donna Robertson – Resident experienced in foot,knee hip or Malcolm Barry – The Villages – Foot Solutions, whom have held about 30 plus sessions and can be easily reached to offer help should you have questions, interest in learning how and or beginning your own group/club.
March 9th thru March 12th was another successful 4 day week of 12 – 1.5 hour sessions in The Villages… I am confident when I say; that all the residents participating have been so very receptive to Balance Walking, many have talked to their friends and are wanting to know when we are coming back, and this all confirmed with residents everywhere walking with Balance Walking Poles… I wanted to do a quick blog update before it became old news ( have been very busy answering phone calls, emails and connecting dots ).
Here is one of the many fun shots ( pictures & videos ) of just one the groups on an hour long fitness tour throughout Sumter Landing… We made a quick stop for a lite refreshment at Subway.
While out for an hour fitness walk we were being stopped and asked countless times — What we were doing? Looks like Skiing! Do you have a business card or information? Where do you get the Poles? And many more…
Everyone’s’ answers covered much, yet generally included that Balance Walking is:
First – it is easy to do
Second – it increases the fitness and health benefits of regular walking
Third – it was a lot of fun to be with others in a group making new friends
Lastly – your not huffing and puffing
The Wacky Walkers is the official first group of many more I am sure to get started. Maryann in Captiva has volunteered and really loves it as each week her group grows. Balance Walking will become an official listing as a club activity meeting at the Captiva Recreation Center. This first club will of course help other residents whom may live closer to the many other recreation centers throughout The Village to form their own groups.
Walking Groups have and advantage unlike anywhere in the world as they use The Villages – Recreation Lifestyle Leader program. Anyone ( really all composed of residents ) can contact their Recreation Centers and go through an easy application that facilitates virtually everyone to be confident and know they will have all the support to grow their activity. You have to love this kind of support as the community supports the community…
Wacky Walkers of Captiva
Mondays, Wednesdays at 5:30 PM and Saturdays at 9 AM
Picnic Pavilion at Captiva Recreation Center
This new group is for healthy active walkers who want to get more out of your everyday walking. It is an approximately 45 minute walk outdoors using balance walking poles. Poles are available at Foot Solutions in Spanish Springs or online at www.balancewalking.com . Meet at the picnic pavilion at Captiva Recreation Center. New walkers always welcome, no commitments necessary, come when you can and bring your poles.
The Villages is Americas Friendliest Community as well as the Healthiest Hometown in the U.S. and is offering Balance Walking. What a fantastic 2nd Event for Balance Walking on Feb 16-19 2013. Been so busy answering emails, phone calls, downloading great videos and photos, conferences by phone with health and medical professionals, providing tools to grow program with the The Villages Recreation Department. Not to mention all the participants following up with me who are already leading groups.
Oh, yes almost forgot I went back to The Villages by Popular Demand and offered 16 – 1.5hour sessions for this 2nd Event. These were for; new walkers, past walkers and advanced training for those whom desired to lead groups in Recreation Centers throughout The Villages. The Village qualifies these eager community members as Lifestyle Recreation Leaders. I believe they have the best Recreation & Health model in all the U.S. for creating and sustaining a community of active healthy people.
All of the sessions were filled to capacity with the total number being over 100 people. We started with a registration cap at 12 per session. That was quickly modified because of the demand to 15 per session. And registration did not stop there, in fact we needed to accommodate safely and with intended quality of instruction up to 32 being the most filled session. This was possible because of the support from those whom assisted in the Event in each and every session from 10 a.m. and finishing up at 5pm. All of our Events since January have relied on key people whom have assisted and made each a success.
Alicia Jordon– is a Recreation Supervisor at one of the 28 Recreation Centers in The Villages, who has skillfully administered with her staff all the pre-event, event and post event dynamics in the introduction of Balance Walking to the this AWESOME COMMUNITY…
Donna Robertson– is a resident for 7 years in The Villages who is a consultant to Balance Walking, Inc. She is a pedorthics specialist with advanced and unique skills in the sports pedorthics area, as well as in the areas of injury recovery, custom-made orthotics and footwear related products, diabetic foot issues and advanced pedorthic solutions. Donna is of course an avid Balance Walker and golfer…
Malcolm Barry – is the co-owner of the local Foot Solutions in The Villages in Spanish Springs who is a pedorthic specialist. Malcolm is an avid Balance Walker with several years of experience under his feet…
Pre-instructions in The Villages Feb 16-19 2013
March 9 – 12 2013 we are coming back, and will need to be prepared to registration well over our Feb. 16 – 19 Session numbers I am sure. The primary goals are to do all of that we have in each session prior as well as empower and inspire Walk n Connect groups. These groups will be anywhere from 3 people up to dozens. Before I returned to Atlanta and since I have been gone, the residents have begun forming groups. I am confident that they are well on their way to becoming the next greatest health – fitness – sport activity in The Villages in 2013.
Invite: From the Recreation Supervisor at Captiva Recreation Center in The Villages
March 9 – Saturday at 10am – This session will be for those of you that worked closely with Donna Robertson so she could concentrate on your specific needs whether it be balance, bad knees/joints etc. trouble walking, etc. If you have any questions about whether this applies to you or not please let me know J Terry will provide poles for this group if you haven’t purchased them already for this session. If this is your first time and you have not worked with Donna and there is space available you may register.
March 9 – Saturday at 1pm and 3pm & March 10 – Sunday at 10am, 1pm and 3pm – These sessions are for those of you who have purchased your own poles (preferred not mandatory) and wish to have some more time improving, exercising, and socializing. Must be able to go on a decent length of a walk (Don’t worry! It’s not 10 miles!) Each session will be about an hour in length. You’ll venture around the same area you did before.
March 11 – Monday at 10am, 1pm, and 3pm – These sessions will be for all New Walkers and as well as past walkers whom would like to assist and train to be leaders in their own groups.
March 12 – Tuesday at 10am and 1pm – These sessions will be for all New Walkers and as well as past walkers whom would like to assist and train to be leaders in their own groups.
All session meet at Wilkerson’s Creek at Sumter Landing. This is located across the street from Sonny’s in Sumter Landing right next to the boat shaped playground.
All Residents of The Villages need to to register by contacting the Captiva Recreation at 352-259-7422 for the time slot you would like by March 8th. These will fill quickly so do not delay.
You know when you’re invited back for more – By Popular Demand – it’s safe to say you have given your best – not to mention all the great people who live in The Villages. I have met some amazing people during our training whom have moved to The Villages from everywhere. It’s exciting to hear what they love so much about The Villages. In fact The Villages is as I have experienced in 4 days, with our beta group of 60 people registered for the Balance Walking Event – Without Question – “Americas Friendliest Community as well as the Healthiest Hometown in the U.S.”
If you remember in my last post prior to this Event I said; “My experience will confirm with a HUGE THUMBS UP that The Villages is not only “America’s Friendliest Community and Healthiest Hometown in the U.S.” They in fact have what I know will continue to be the standard for all future healthy active retirement developments. I say retirement reluctantly as you see quickly everyone moving, engaged and happy not sitting, isolated or depressed. Living Life Actively Aging – which should begin at birth and continue for everyone, right? Why Not? Remember – “We do not stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing.”tk
Well, we are coming back, and will come close to doubling the registration for the Feb. 16 – 19 Sessions. We will be offering 16 – 1.5hour sessions which will be for; new walkers, past walkers and advanced training for those whom desire to lead groups in Recreation Centers throughout The Villages – possibly as Lifestyle Recreation Leaders. These sessions will fill up fast – they took only a few short hours in our first event visit.
Today as of 2pm we have 0ver 70 registered in the schedule shown below. If you are looking to register you will need to contact Alicia Jordon at the Captiva Recreation Center in the Villages sooner than later. Hope to see you there 😉
Those who live, have visited or heard about The Villages know that this community on 23,000 acres and growing with over 91,000 residents, with 20 new homeowners a day is an absolutely amazing environment. Resident’s are encouraged to be involved with a healthy and active lifestyle in their community, as they have over 28 recreation centers, 62 swimming pools and 1,800 clubs. Oh, not to forget the 100s of holes of Golf.
My experience will confirm with a HUGE THUMBS UP that The Villages is not only America’s Friendliest Community and Healthiest Hometown in the U.S.. They in fact have what I know will continue to be the standard for all future healthy active retirement developments. I say retirement reluctantly as you see quickly everyone moving, engaged and happy not sitting, isolated or depressed. Living Life Actively Aging should begin at birth and continue for everyone, right? Why Not? Remember – “We do not stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing.”tk
Another inspiration I was very excited to learn about is; a new partnership between the developer of The Villages, the University of South Florida and The Villages Health System which has been created to help Villages residents enjoy that optimum health. “Nothing is more important to a senior than his or her health,” said Gary Morse, developer of The Villages. “We’ve been searching for a creative, forward thinking university to work with local health care providers, study our community and bring us innovative ideas that will enhance the health of our retirees. We want to create America’s healthiest hometown.”
“Together, we have a bold goal, namely to help the residents of The Villages live longer and better,” said Dr. Stephen Klasko, dean of the USF College of Medicine and chief executive officer of USF Health. “We’ll listen, we’ll assess and then we’ll implement a series of actions focusing on the ways to make the biggest difference in residents’ quality of life.”
In the past year I have visited and engaged with many residents there on 10 day trip’s to visit my active in laws, whom moved in January of 2012. While there with my family traveling on what seems like 100s of miles of golf cart paths I would take advantage of the great pathways to train with my Balance Walking Poles. While walking and adding the various levels of training innovations I was stopped in a 2 hour period by near to 25 residents. After sharing with them, they wanted to try my poles and they wanted to learn how to add the training to their daily walks. Many suggested I contact The Villages Recreation Department whom might be able to help introduce Balance Walking.
Well that has evolved in to a great invitation from John Rohan the Director of Recreation and Golf. He guided me to Alicia the Recreation Supervisor at Captiva Recreation Center whom is a talented Recreation Department Team member. I was able to meet with, share the program and train an hour to give her a real feel for how easy, fun, this new dimension brings to every day walking. She scheduled for January 25, 2013 — 3 classes which were filled to capacity in a several hours. So of course I offered to stay through Monday January 28th offering 2 more classes which were filled to capacity as well.
The great NEWS is I will be staying in The Villages to offer to those whom will contact me by phone at: 770-653-5995 or email at email@example.com several informal personal sessions over the weekend in order to help everyone get started. For those whom took the classes on Friday January 25th I will be offering more training as well over the weekend.
Below is the formal note that went out to a very small sampling of residents in The Villages
Balance Walking! January 25th! Free Event!
Come try out this new form of walking that will burn more calories than regular walking and tone you all over.
Remember to wear workout clothing and tennis shoe.
Meet 15 minutes before your schedule time at Wilkerson’s Creek Park in Sumter Landing. (Pavilion next to Sonny’s)
There will be three sessions Friday, January 25th:
10am – 11:30am
1pm – 2:30pm
3pm – 4:30pm
We’re only taking 12 people in each session. Even though it is a free event, please sign up at any regional center ASAP to get in…
I spent over an hour with the Terry Kennedy and can say; “it really is an awesome activity and you can EASILY cater it to your fitness level”
Oh not to forget the other filled sessions on
Two sessions Monday, January 28th:
10am – 11:30am
1pm – 2:30pm
See Ya All There…
Poles will be provided to the attendees to use during the classes. Those whom want to have their own poles can purchase in advance need only to contact Terry Kennedy or go directly to the order site by clicking HERE
Marietta Community Schools leads the way with New Course in Sports, Fitness, and Recreation
Balance Walking FEE: $ 99
A New Way to Balance Walk it Off. Wake up your routine and burn up to 50% more calories with this 7 week Balance Walking Plan. We will use the Health and Fitness Poles 2 times a week in class and as you are able outside of class. We will provide loaner poles for you to take outside of class to walk on your own for this seven week program. Want to take a sneak peak at the Prevention Magazine Balance Walking Study completed with women all over the U.S.
Go to: Prevention & Balance Walking 8 Week Study Article. These 15 minutes a day will change your life as it has for thousands this year. Don’t miss the “Next Health & Fitness Wave of this Millennium”
COURSE #: W13407
Instructor: Terry Kennedy Exec. Dir., Location: Marietta High School, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Jan. 22-Mar. 14) (7 Tues. & 7 Thurs.) skip the week of Feb.18-22
Since the Prevention Magazine October issue has come to print the interest continues to grow…. 1000s are getting started as they see that it is inexpensive, easy to learn and of course easy to do with others anytime and anywhere. Let’s not forget the countless testimonials of positive results I receive each day.
Keep your eyes out for the News Headline which reads “The Next Fitness & Health Wave in this Millennium” the answer to the every increasing health epidemic we are facing in the US… The Next Better Health Equation may look like this – Poles + People = Prevention delivered with easy to do and desire programs. All ages, all health & fitness levels, all regions of the US.
In fact Balance Walking will become inter-generational as it becomes the first activity of its kind to bridge the active aging demographics we will all face as we desire more time together as family.
The pole orders, new coach/walk leader requests and individuals calling in and emails from those whom are looking to join in or start groups has been phenomenal. Anyone looking to learn more or simply get started can contact Terry D Kennedy the Executive Director of Balance Walking at firstname.lastname@example.org.