At GraceWalks it is out mission to assist individuals, companies, organizations and communities in creating success and wellness programs and practices that promote healthy, positive, and sustainable cultures where everyone can work towards achieving their highest potential, now and into the future.
Research continues to support that wellness is not one-dimensional. Stress brought on by disappointments and unforeseen challenges can weaken our immune system. However, when our body’s are strong, our mind’s disciplined, positive and alert and our spirits fed through positive and energy supporting experiences; we are better equipped to handle stress, disappointments and challenges.
The psoas muscle in particular is compromised by excessive sitting. One of the most challenging obstacles today regarding our workforce’s health is the excessive amount of time we sit at our desk. Now with the constant use of computers, even more of us are sitting glued to our computers for hours at a time, with disastrous results to our health.
The technique of ChiWalking and ChiRunning (created by ultra marthoner Danny Dreyer and wife Katherine), combines traditional walking and running with Tai Chi focuses and uniquely moves the body in a manner that is safer (reduces injury) and with greater energy efficiency (endurance). ChiWalking unlike traditional walking…
- engages your core and psoas muscle.
- focuses on good posture and balance.
- safer way to walk, with less chance for injury, allowing for longer more enjoyable walks.
- energy efficient / moves your body in the way it was designed to move.
The health benefits regarding the prevention and reduction of major chronic diseases are well documented, as well as the benefits to body, mind and spirit focuses of Tai Chi. Aerobic ChiWalking in particular can be performed by persons of any age or fitness level.
Current research is finding that sitting for long periods of time can contribute to many health concerns like obesity and metabolic syndrome and can increase conditions such as blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. In addition, it can increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer; this per a recent MAYO CLINIC article regarding the risks of sitting too much.
One of the key problems with sitting too long is that we are not able to utilize our psoas muscle, which is a core muscle of the body. The Psoas Book written by author Liz Koch suggests that sitting for long periods of time constricts the psoas muscle, limits circulation, depletes the body of vital energy and affects the functioning of vital organs. She believes it can affect every level of our well-being and she is not alone, more research is pointing to the serious health risks of sitting for long periods of time.
ChiWalking and ChiRunning utilizes the psoas muscles unlike traditional walking and running, moves the body forward using your core muscle. The body is no longer supported by your muscles (which are more easily injured) but instead by your bone structure, tendons and ligaments. The Chi walking and running principles can be used throughout the day to help with mental focus, balance, posture, breathing and relaxation of the body’s muscles. ChiWalking and ChiRunning can be used by persons of any age or fitness level.
GraceWalks also offers follow-up and individualized coaching based on an individual’s level of fitness, most plans without additional cost (see Service Levels).
Healthy Communities – Fitter World HCFW
GraceWalks additionally has a nonprofit component “Healthier Communities / Fitter World which partners with you, your company or organization to sponsor virtual and event challenges (races) throughout the year. The funds raised provide money for charities that help our communities; while also positively promoting your company and allowing ChiWalkers to strut their stuff. Events showcase you, your company and/or organization as a supporter of wellness and success initiatives within your organization and its community.
Walk on…Lean in…NEVER GIVE UP!
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