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Fit

1130 N. Nimitz Hwy Suite A-140

Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

United States

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We are committed to: educating the public using current and accurate information to provide the tools they need to create a safe, healthy and functional way of life implementing safe, effective and individualized programs for the good of our members and ... more

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"People in Europe, when they go ...

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"People in Europe, when they go walking, they walk with poles," said Eric Okamura, owner of Fit For Life, an exercise and massage studio in Iwilei, Hawaii. "It is very rare that you see them without them."

And yes, he's heard all the comments, too.
"There is a little dork factor associated with Nordic poles because they are so uncommon, but there are too many health benefits to ignore," he said.


"People in Europe, when they go ...

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"People in Europe, when they go walking, they walk with poles," says Eric Okamura, owner of Fit For Life, an exercise and massage studio in Iwilei, Hawaii."It is very rare that you see them without them."

Although convinced for years that they were a good exercise, the 50-year-old Okamura only began selling a line of poles locally in February 2005.
And yes, he's heard all the comments, too.
"There is a little dork factor associated with Nordic poles because they are so uncommon, but there are too many health benefits to ignore," he says."So you let it roll off your back."
The Cooper Institute, which studies fitness and health, found that Nordic walking burned nearly 43 percent more calories than traditional walking.
Okamura says that's because Nordic walking involves more muscles, but he swears that the workout isn't more difficult.
"It is not harder," he says."Because you are using the poles and it is your upper body supporting your lower body, it doesn't feel like you are working out."
Okamura leads a group of up to 20 Nordic walkers every Thursday afternoon, walking around local parks.
"The bulk of my group are seniors," Okamura says.


"People in Europe, when they go ...

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"People in Europe, when they go walking, they walk with poles," said Eric Okamura, owner of Fit For Life, an exercise and massage studio in Iwilei, Hawaii.


FITTREK Hawaii Nordic Walking News

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"People in Europe, when they go walking, they walk with poles," said Eric Okamura, owner of Fit For Life, an exercise and massage studio in Iwilei. "It is very rare that you see them without them."

Although convinced for years that they were a good exercise, the 50-year-old Okamura only began selling a line of poles locally in February 2005.
And yes, he's heard all the comments, too.
"There is a little dork factor associated with Nordic poles because they are so uncommon, but there are too many health benefits to ignore," he said. "So you let it roll off your back."
The Cooper Institute, which studies fitness and health, found that Nordic walking burned nearly 43 percent more calories than traditional walking.
Okamura said that's because Nordic walking involves more muscles, but he swears that the workout isn't more difficult.
"It is not harder," he said. "Because you are using the poles and it is your upper body supporting your lower body, it doesn't feel like you are working out."
Okamura leads a group of up to 20 Nordic walkers every Thursday afternoon. They walk at Kaka'ako Waterfront Park, Magic Island and around Diamond Head.
"The bulk of my group are seniors," Okamura said.
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Eric Okamura
Pole walking, Nordic walking, exerstriding, urban poling, ski walking -- all different names for the same activity.
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Eric Okamura is a fitness professional, the owner of Fit for Life in Honolulu and an avid pole walker. He was introduced to pole walking at a conference of the American College of Sports Medicine several years ago. "I thought it was kind of strange at first," he remembers, "but curiosity got the best of me, so I tried it out. Immediately, Okamura felt and understood the head to toe physical benefits pole walking provides.
Okamura admits that walking with poles takes some getting used to and it usually takes a few times out before it comes naturally. Keeping the poles behind you and arms relaxed at an angle is the proper pole walking form. "It can be awkward to start," he says, "but once you get the technique, it becomes second nature. Soon walking without the poles is just boring. With different tips for different terrain, the poles are ready to go wherever you do. Tips designed for uneven surfaces are ideal for added stability while hiking, basket-style tips keep the poles from sinking when walking on sand, and an angled rubber tip helps absorb the impact of walking on pavement.
Trying something new
"When people make the decision to start exercising or take up a new activity," Okamura says, "it takes a real leap of faith to actually get off the couch, start doing it, and stick with it long enough to get results. And walking with poles definitely turns heads. "Some people joke and tell me I forgot my skis or that there's no snow in the forecast," he says, "but it's really starting to catch on. As a Great Aloha Run (GAR) participant in 2006, Okamura used his poles for the entire route. This year, he expects over 100 pole walkers and welcomes more.
Pole walking is an activity that almost anyone at any fitness level can enjoy. "Trying it for yourself is the best way to find out what pole walking is all about," says Okamura, who holds free pole walking clinics twice a week. "We have a good-sized group of pole walkers and we're happy to welcome more," Okamura says.


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Stability balls, Therabands and multiple repetitions with light weights will help tone your body, while heavier weight systems, dumbbells and barbells assist with developing strength and muscle mass. It's also important to consider your current health status, says Eric Okamura, owner of Fit 4 Life, an exercise studio."Elliptical machines are hot now, but if you are a heart patient, it may be too intense and a treadmill or stationary bike might be better."He also suggests buying something you can grow into, enabling you to increase your workouts as your fitness level rises.

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