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Having the Right Form May Make Your Walk Better

By Tom Herrin

Many times, when people go out for a walk, they just do whatever happens.  As a result, they may not be as successful as they would like to be.  A productive walk is much the same as any other activity; there may be a right way and a wrong way.  If they get off on the wrong foot, so to speak, they may have an experience that lacks the feel or efficiency they are seeking.  Rather than be refreshed and energized, they may be tired and worn down. This can make them dread the next excursion much more than looking forward to it.  No one wants that to be the case.  There are a few things that are recommended for a good experience.

Good Posture Can Mean a Good Walk

When they hear the term good posture, most people think about sitting or standing.  Walking successfully requires good posture every bit as much as either of those things.  A few things to consider are;

  • Stand up straight and keep your head pretty level; looking down as you walk can cause you to end up with a neck ache
  • Try to keep your toes pointed pretty much ahead
  • Keep your hips tightened a little
  • Focus your eyes a little ahead of you  
  • Walk as if a string were attached to the top of your head lifting you up

There are other things that may be added to this list, but these can be a start.

Foot Motion Can Be Important

The way people hit with their feet as they walk can make a lot of difference.  A poor method of striking with the foot can make it feel worn out almost as soon as they begin to walk.  A somewhat rolling motion is considered to be the best.  Hitting with the heel first, then rolling through the foot, and pushing off with the toes can be the most productive way of doing it.  It is critical to success for people to develop a good stride.  This can make the walking experience one that they want to repeat.  There is the possibility they will develop some tightness in the shins, but this is natural and should pass with time.

Let Walking Be Fun

If you want to be effective with walking, it is best to develop a form that works for you.  Poor form can make you feel tired and really take the pleasure out of the activity.  Take a little extra effort to develop a kind of walk that works for you.  If so, there is a much better chance that you will want to continue to do so with enthusiasm.

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

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