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Prevention Magazine, Dr. Oz and me!

Saturday, September 01, 2012


Check out the October issue of Prevention magazine with Dr. Oz on the front!

I was involved with an 8 week study using Balance Walking poles this past spring. A friend asked for volunteers and about 10 ladies in my area signed up to track our walking, eating, toning and quiet time. Our team name was "Chicks with Sticks"! We worked with the Balance Walking head chief guru as well, and we were asked to at least walk 15 minutes/day (or more!) with the poles. We sent our results in weekly so they could see how the teams from around the U.S. fared using this opportunity.

While I didn't lose weight and had already been committed to exercise; it was good for me to track my food on a daily basis. I loved using the poles and really felt the push in my shoulders and arms. These are a much different use than hiking poles, which I also use on our Colorado hikes. The tips are curved so the walker pushes off with more effort. They are adjustable for different fitness levels. Some of the women did lose weight and inches during the 8 weeks.

This type of exercise is really good for beginners to fitness as well as those who are already doing something. I have trained for half-marathons, but I find running is a bit harder on my body than I like. This really is a great way to get a good workout, get your heart rate up, protect the knees, use your upper body and enjoy time with family and friends outdoors.

While I am not quoted in Prevention magazine, I am part of "38 women" and a photo of two of our gals from our Colorado team made it in!!

I highly endorse the nordic walking style (and I am not an employee of Balance Walking!) Check out their website to learn more about Balance Walking and how to purchase them if you would like!

Happy walking!
Julia : )
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  • PURPLELVR7
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    1485 days ago
  • BESTSUSIEYET
    Since our hike Saturday was less strenuous, I used my hiking poles more like Nordic walking poles and pushed for some upper body exertion. I remeber how you kept trying to show me how when our team met at Carrie's house long ago. Think I finally got the hang of it. I don't use them around the neighborhood, though.

    Fun for you gals to be featured in the magazine! My famous friend!! Lol.
    Have a great week!
    1486 days ago
  • CHALLENGER15
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  • ROSEWCI
    WooHoo for the "38 women" & the "Chicks w/Sticks"!!! You GO girls!!!

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    1487 days ago
  • LOISDESK
    That's so cool! I was looking into getting some of those poles before I started running. From what I was reading, they seem to give a good workout for the upper body. I may still try them out eventually. Thanks for letting us know!
    1487 days ago
  • TEMPERANCE88
    Awesome! Congrats emoticon emoticon
    1487 days ago
  • NEPTUNE1939
    It's nice to have celebrities on our site! emoticon
    1487 days ago
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