Walk for Life is an accessible and effective program to improve walking. The program will benefit anyone wishing to enhance their walking experience and is especially oriented to aging walkers. Each movement exercise explores different aspects of the walking experience. Various positions are used including, lying on the floor, sitting in chairs and always walking. Some of the sessions take place out of doors and include practice walking up and down hills and processes using poles to improve the rhythm and propulsive elements of walking. The course is creative and fun and is guaranteed to enrich your walking experience
The Walk for Life program (WFL) takes principles from the Bones for Life program, applying them to the central function of our lives: walking. By converting the strategies from the Bones for Life program, Walk for Life focuses on restoring balance and dynamic coordination through walking, using various aspects to help attain better equilibrium and promote flexibility. The Walk for Life program has two integral parts to it: walking in Nature, as we were meant to do; and walking in an indoor Movement Laboratory, which promotes themes from the Movement Intelligence program to expand balanced coordination.
Walk for Life employs fresh, innovative approaches, such as the use of poles, which help facilitate walking and activate the upper spine in response to the dynamic force caused from stepping on the ground. This revives the often frozen upper back — a cultural problem where we fail to awaken our thorax from its inactive state. The poles, which help extend balance and stability, help generate a transmission of force in response to the impact of stepping onto the earth, which affects the arms, shoulders, and vertebrae. By reinforcing the ease and control we once had when we ambulated on all limbs, we gain agility in our “front legs” as we had in the early stages of evolution. The act of walking outdoors among Nature is only one aspect of the Walk for Life program. The complementary program is a movement laboratory, focusing on exploring coordination of the skeletal chain. Many of the indoor activities are conducted either on the floor or near a wall, to help better analyze the functional interactions that occur along the body — the emphasis foot and toe function for propulsion; the alignment of the legs; the protection of the hips and lumbar areas; discerning the rib cage; and cranial position in conjunction to the cervical vertebrae.
The major component of the Walk for Life program is that it begins, and ends with, walking outdoors in Nature for a period of time, presenting a chance for dynamic mobility transmission—emphasized in the indoor movement laboratory—and combining that with elemental outdoor conditions that occur during real-world walking. This also creates the potential for utilizing breathing techniques that enhance endurance, use different walking approaches, refine equilibrium capacity for various textures of land, and make walking an easy, enjoyable activity for anyone to do on a regularly basis.
Walk for Life program focus:
The Walk for Life program focuses on various aspects that affect mobility and flexible coordination. The sophisticated processes improve and promote harmonious movements, refining and restoring the locomotive patterns from Evolution. The program consists of Movement Intelligence themes, such as:
Toes: Restoring the original motor skills for propulsion
Ankles: Promoting the buoyancy of the ankles for a livelier walk.
Knees: Correcting the alignment of the knees with the rest of the body for maximum flexibility.
Hips: Aligning the hip joints for safe, balanced movement.
Lumbar Spine: Naturally decompressing the lumbar vertebrae to withstand the impact of mobilization.
Rib Cage: Increasing the chest’s and lungs’ volume for optimal oxygen capacity, promoting healthy spine interaction, and stabilizing the back’s curvature.
Upper Back: Encouraging flexibility to relieve collapsed posture.
Shoulder Blades: Through the use of poles, recreating the ambulatory pattern of evolutionary walking using all four limbs, initiating better shoulder blade function.
These aspects that the Walk for Life program focuses on help promote and restore coordination, balance, propulsion, and flexibility, allowing for greater endurance, strength, and rhythm. Ultimately, the joy of movement inspires the innate desire to continue walking, beyond any functional or necessary reasons.