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A Good Walk Can Be a Product of Better Technique

By Tom Herrin

People do all sorts of things for exercise.  Many become involved in playing games such as golf or tennis.  Others get into exercise classes.  Still many go for the most basic of exercises, and that is walking.  Since pretty much everyone is able to do it, there is no real necessity to learn something new.  Something to consider, however, is the fact that walking is a lot like other things that require some kind of technique to do well.  Most people likely feel that, since they already possess the ability to walk, they can simply get out there and go.  While there is some truth to this, walking can be improved just as anything else they do.  A little work on it may make it a more successful endeavor.

Stand Tall

Most activities require good posture, though what kind may vary according to the activity.  Holding the body more upright can help breathing to be better as well as help to prevent some aches and pains from being slumped.  They should also focus their eyes on a point about 20 feet ahead.  Not only is this good for moving somewhat straight, but it is also a good way to help keep the head and chin relatively level and parallel to the ground.

Develop a Good Stride

Striking the ground correctly is another critical part.  Doing so with the heels hitting first followed by the step rolling across the foot is thought to be best.  This is followed by pushing off with the toes.  An effective stride is generally seen as having more of the feet behind the body rather than reaching ahead too far in an attempt to gain more ground.  With a good stride, walking becomes less of a chore and much easier to do.

Make It Fun

No matter how we go about walking, if we can improve our style and form, we can enjoy the outing.  At one time, I dreaded walking because it seemed to beat me up.  After having worked on some of the things that have improved my walking technique, I look forward to each walking excursion.  I also enjoy walking with someone with whom I can talk.  Having family or friends join in the stroll may help everyone involved.  Find someone to share your walks and have fun.

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

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