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How Your Walking May Be Improved

By Tom Herrin

When people make that decision to start a program of walking to improve their health, it may seem like something that requires little skill or technique.  After all, most of them have walked for a long time and began to do so at a fairly early age.  Even though it may appear to be simple, there are actually things that may be done to enable them to do a better job.  Like so many other activities, people may walk more successfully if they understand some of the things that can add more technique.  A few small adjustments may help to make it a productive and enjoyable way of getting some good exercise.  Who wouldn't like that?

Hold Yourself Up

Keeping the body in a more upright position can help in walking as much as it does in so many other things people do.  This can help to make breathing easier.  Holding the stomach in and the head and chin relatively level to the ground is considered a good practice as well.  Relaxing the arms and shoulders and looking at a point about 20 feet ahead are also practices that are thought to be helpful.  

Let the Arms Work Well

Many people have problems with arm movement.  It is thought to be best to keep the arms close to the body and avoid flinging them about.  The hands should be kept somewhat low and avoid excessive reaching.  Keeping the elbows bent at about a 90 degree angle can help with good arm movement.  The hands should be relatively low as they move, avoiding reaching above the chest.  Moderate movement may be the best plan.  This maintains better control of them as people walk.

Walk and Enjoy

When we do something as simple as walking, most of us don't want to follow a lot of rules and strategies.  A little improvement in our technique, however, can make the walk much more pleasurable.  I try to walk whenever I get the opportunity.  As I have fine-tuned my style, I have found that I can walk much longer and farther and feel less tired.  It can be invigorating and motivating.  When we feel good about what we do, we are more likely to do it with more enthusiasm.  Try sharpening your technique, and see how it affects you.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Elk Grove, Calif.

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