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On this episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast, Jim Klopman joins me to talk about the integral role of balance for health and longevity. Jim is a lifelong innovator who has always been one of those people who thinks differently. He believes balance training has sharpened his ability to make new neural connections and see the possibilities and pathways that others miss.
In this episode, we discuss:
-The statistics of the death and injury caused by poor balance
-Four ways modern life impairs our balance
-The link between balance and athletic performance
-Balance training for concussion patients
-And so much more!
Jim believes that balance is a fundamental component of longevity; however its decline can easily be overlooked by most people. Jim has found that, “Balance is this kind of hidden system that we don’t know has gotten worse. When it gets worse, we don’t recognize it but we do see fall off in the performance of our sports.”
Jim notes, “We have more fitness, we have better physical therapy, we have better medical care. Our spaces that people walk around in since the ADA has been instituted are perfectly flat, there’s ramps everywhere, there’s no place you should be able to trip in any public space. Yet this number of accidental deaths and accidental injuries for the people over 65 have nearly doubled.” In a world where our balance system is no longer challenged on a daily basis, Jim believes individuals must work to actively include it in their exercise programming.
We gravitate to and enjoy sports and recreation which challenge our balance and yet day to day workplace activities we do are predictable. Jim believes, “The problem is that we are losing this sense of balance because of the modern world we live in.” He challenges, “We are not really meant to live in this world where there are perfectly flat floors and perfectly vertical walls.”
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Jim is a lifelong innovator who has always been one of those people who thinks differently. He believes balance training has sharpened his ability to make new neural connections and see the possibilities and pathways that others miss.
Originally Jim was looking for a way to maintain his own athletic performance well into his 90s. But the Slackbow Balance Training System he developed turned out to be a key to whole body and mind fitness that was even more revolutionary than he could have imagined.
He is eager to spread his knowledge, techniques and tools far and wide to help seekers like him tune their brains to perform better in work and sports, sleep better, look younger and live longer.
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