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Walk Right, and Walk Better

By Tom Herrin

Some things require a certain amount of preparation and training in order to do it well.  If it is for a new program or activity, most people expect to spend some time acquiring the necessary skills.  If they are beginning a program of walking, many may feel that all it takes is getting out there and doing it.  Walking is pretty natural for many, but some people are not quite as accomplished at it as they may believe.  Walking correctly is one of those things that can be learned with a little practice, and applying a few simple principles may make a difference.

Posture Can Help 

Having good posture is an important part of helping the body to do its best under stressful conditions.  Poor posture can lead to unnecessary fatigue and aches that may otherwise be avoided.  When walking, it is best to keep the body as upright as possible with the stomach tucked and the muscles tensed.  This may help with breathing.  It is also best to keep the head as level as possible.  Another suggestion is to shrug the shoulders and let them relax.  Looking at a point about 20 feet can help to maintain focus.  

Manage Arm Movement

The way the arms move is more important than some realize.  Anytime someone walks, if they do it right, the way they move their arms will make a considerable difference in their success.  All one needs to do is watch almost any animal walk, and they will see a considerable effect in their walking motion from other movement.  People should try to keep their arms from flinging about unnecessarily.  It is also a good practice to keep the hands low and avoid extra movement.  They need not try to reach well ahead.  Keeping the hands relaxed is another good practice.

Walking Should Be Enjoyable

I have had mixed experience walking.  There was a time in which it would seem like a beating for me to get out and do even a short walk.  After I had improved my practices, it made a noticeable difference.  Along with good shoes, having some good technique can make it more productive.  If we will practice what we can, we may make that a part of a more effective walk.  Try adding some things to your walking routine, and see if it works for you.

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

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