A Good Walk May Take a Little Technique
By Tom Herrin
There are few people who feel a lack of confidence in their walking ability. If they do, it is more likely that they feel they are out of condition more than that they lack some good skills to walk efficiently. For many, they feel that they have walked just about all of their lives and can continue to do so without any problems. This may be fine, but some people find that walking any time or distance can cause them to be achy and/or tired. The real issue may be that they are in need of improving their technique enough that they become better at what they are doing.
A Self-Assessment May Provide Insight
It may be worth spending some time observing others as they walk. This may be an eye-opening view. Watching others who may be struggling with form or technique can help people to see themselves in a new light. Some people appear to labor as they walk, having some motions that are completely unnecessary. Sometimes simply managing movement is all it takes. There are those who fling their arms about or struggle to try to gain territory as they walk.
A Good Stride May Solve Some Problems
It is considered that the best way to strike the ground is to hit the ground with the heel, then roll through the foot to the toes. Pushing off with the toes can help push them along. Some make the mistake of trying to reach too far ahead rather than allow their feet to push them. It is better to have the feet pushing behind them to create forward motion. This can save effort and conserve energy.
Walking Should Not Seem to Be a Chore
For some, walking may be a struggle. I enjoy walking, but that has not always been the case for me. There was a time in which I felt that it was a beating to go for an extended walk. Now that I have improved my technique, I am able to walk a greater distance for a longer period of time without feeling excessively tired or achy. I now look forward to each opportunity to go for a walk as just that. If I decide to go longer, it is no big deal. See what you can do to improve your walking style and form. You may surprise yourself as to how much easier it seems to be.
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