|▲ Repower Korea / CEO Jung Min-ho|
Walking is one of the best aerobic exercises human can naturally do almost every day. Many papers show that those who walk frequently live longer than those not. It is good for diet, arthritis, Alzheimer's and osteoporosis. However, walking in balance is as important as walking itself, emphasizes Jung Min-ho, CEO of Repower Korea.
<You Have Not Yet Walked>
Jung suffered from polio for half years when he was a child. This might have been the stimulation that he walked 3,000km for 80 days nationwide alone when he was a university student.
He threw questions to himself: what is the meaning of walking to human and why people do not walk often today? He deepened his thought and in 2007 developed a pair of walking shoes and launched Repower Walking, a self-motivated walking system.
He introduced Walking Quotient for the first time in the world. He pioneered a new path called Korean Camino de Santiago in 2016 and published a walking bible book <You Have Not Yet walked>. The book attracted attention and was aired on KBS and SBS and he appeared himself on MBC and TBS.
"I have realized one thing that many people walk but do now aware they are walking. In other words, the action of walking has lost its host. So I tell people 'you have not yet walked' and 'you might not walk until you die. I hope that will not happen to you'" says Jung.
In 2010, Jung obtained a patent for lower body muscle strength assist device of sports shoes. His technical achievement was recognized by the Korea Technology Finance Corporation in 2019 and he released Repower walking shoes, walking band and walking system with the financial support. He also signed a MOU with Bmsys to promote smart walking system that covers shoes, band, fit guider and IOT sole comprehensibly.
The elastic walking band is detachable to and from the shoes and it creates 1 to 2 hour exercise effect by 5 to 10 minute movement. Jung says in confidence that 90% people who tried the band with the shoes purchase a pair.
"I'm ambitious to open more than 300 'repower walking school' nationwide by 2025 in order to spread excellence of self-motivated repower walking. And when time comes, I will pioneer overseas market over South Korea."
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