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ChiWalking at Nathan Benderson Park

ChiWalking is for everyone. The program is an exciting, new approach to creating health, fitness and well-being through walking. ChiWalking blends walking with the inner focuses of Tai Chi, to increase balance, strength, and mental focus.

Walking is the ideal way to get and stay fit. With the ChiWalking program you will walk faster and farther with less effort. You’ll slim down and get stronger and more centered with every workout.

The technique emphasizes the proper biomechanics of walking, including: good posture, loose joints, engaging core muscles, and relaxing your arms and legs. It’s easier on your body and helps improve and eliminate the aches, pains and discomfort of walking incorrectly. You’ll overcome poor movement habits that can lead to long term injury, such as knee or hip problems.

What is ChiWalking®

ChiWalking® is an exciting approach to health, fitness and well-being through the practice of walking.  The technique blends walking with Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese martial art known for creating balance strength and improved cognition. 

What are the Benefits of ChiWalking®

Ø    Increased mobility
Ø    Reduces or eliminates pain
Ø    Improves posture
Ø    Strengthens core muscles
Ø    Improves balance
Ø    Loosens joints

ChiWalking® is Easy to Learn

A creatively designed program will instruct participants how to incorporate the five mindful steps that will get anyone, regardless of age or athletic ability, into great shape from head to toe, inside and out. 

1.       Get aligned. Develop great posture and better balance.
2.       Engage your core.  Make back and knee pain disappear.
3.       Create balance.  Walk faster, farther, and with less effort.
4.       Make a choice.  Choose from a menu to keep an exercise program fresh.
5.       Move forward.  Make walking any distance an enjoyable experience.

Brain Health

Learning a new hobby can strengthen your brain. However, when we think of learning new hobbies we often think of "intellectual" pursuits - such as learning a new language or learning how to write a story.

These intellect-driven hobbies are proven to increase white matter in the brain, which is incredibly beneficial. It helps our overall cognitive ability.

However, it's also been shown that learning new physical abilities can improve an incredibly important part of the brain - the motor cortex - which controls how we move.  The newest studies about brain health show that your brain gets the most benefit from learning AND moving.

So, by focusing only on learning "mental hobbies" we may be shortchanging ourselves, big time.

Get the most benefit from your exercise and from learning something new…something that will benefit you for a lifetime.

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April - October: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
November - March:     6:00 am to 6:00 pm

 

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