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If Walking Is Your Thing, Do All You Can to Improve

By Tom Herrin

Everyone is different.  When it comes to finding something extra to do to get exercise, it is best to find something that fits the individual.  Some people prefer heavy activity while others like to stay more low-key with their activity.  For those who choose walking as a primary form of theirs, it may seem like an easy choice.  Since most people did so from an early age, it is not one of those things that requires a lot of practice.  There are, however, a few things that may be done to improve form and technique that can make a significant difference in the efficiency of their efforts.

Walk Like a Champ

No matter what it is for, when people walk for exercise, it is a good idea to hold themselves as upright as possible.  This is important for almost any kind of physical activity that they do.  It can help to improve breathing as well as avoid some of the aches and pains that can go along with a posture issue.  Keeping the elbows bent at a right angle and close to the body can also be part of good form.  What people do with their hands and arms is important because this has an effect on the efficiency of movement.

Establish a Good Stride

Stepping right and making the right kind of contact with the ground can make a difference also.  It is advised that, as a person steps, they hit the ground with the heel first then roll across the foot to the toes.  Pushing off with the toes is basically what makes them go.  The longer the foot is in contact with the ground, the better the stride is considered to be.  In addition to this, it is best to have more of the step behind the person rather than attempting to reach ahead.  It won't take that much effort to form good habits in the stride.

Get Out There and Walk

Once we get the bugs out of our walking, we need to go for it.  We should do it because it is comfortable.  As we make small changes to improve our technique, we will likely find that we enjoy it more.  The goal is to be able to walk any distance without getting overly tired and look forward to each time we have the opportunity.  When we can do this, it will serve as a motivator.  Good luck with yours.

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

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