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Make Life Easier: Cobblestone Walking Mats for Improved Health


One of the biggest concerns most people have about getting older is losing the ability to function on their own—shopping, dressing, taking care of the house, etc. A recent study showed, interestingly enough, that people over 60 who walked on mats configured to simulate a cobblestone surface showed improvements in

  • Balance
  • Mobility
  • Blood pressure

You can actually purchase one of these cobblestone mats from the Oregon Research Institute (ORI). The mats are 19 inches wide and 72 inches long, and the cost, including shipping, is $35.00. Only checks are accepted as payment. (If you can pick a mat up in person, it’s $25.00.) Call 541.484.2123 for more information.

ORI, founded in 1960, is a non-profit behavioral research center with offices in Eugene and Portland, Oregon and Albuquerque, New Mexico. ORI is a nationally and internationally recognized research organization, committed to conducting behavioral research to improve the health of all citizens.

To read more about cobblestone walking and many other fitness trends, read our Topic of the Month for September

Circulation, June 2005
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