“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” Â ~John Muir
Walking is a “natural” when it comes to getting your daily exercise – it strengthens almost every major organ in the body, builds bone density, boosts the immune system and improves mood. But have you considered how efficient and safe your walking habits really are? Â Your walking style impacts how much benefit you get from each outing. Keep the following in mind when walking:
No slouching! (I can’t stand slouching!) Think of walking as core supportive exercise to strengthen your mid-section and promote healthy posture. Engage your abdominal muscles by squeezing your navel to your spine – feel the firmness and support here!
Walk with your head erect and your chin parallel to the ground. Look ahead and train your sight 10 to 20 feet ahead of you. If you need to check the ground to avoid obstacles, lower your eyes, not your head, and try not to thrust your trunk forward or let your arms dangle at your sides – keep your hands active and energized. When our head drops toward the ground so does everything else! Â So, stand tall and keep an eye on your future.
Keep your back straight. Stretch your spine so your shoulders are level and square, and tuck your buttocks in.
Bend your arms. Flex your elbows at close to 90-degree angles and let your arms swing naturally at waist level.
Take shorter, measured steps, with your feet striking the ground with the heel and pushing off with the toes. Too long a stride can throw you off balance.
Take your walking to the next level by clipping on a pedometer before you head out the door. Once you start tracking your steps you will never leave home without it. Â I promise you that your pedometer will become your best walking buddy, ever!
Celebrate your strength today and start walking everywhere possible -Â proudly and with confidence!
Happy trials! Â Love, Allison