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Walking May Require More Technique Than Once Thought

By Tom Herrin

One of those things that everyone likely takes for granted is their ability to walk.  While most can do so with some success, they may not be as efficient with their efforts as they believe.  They actually may not have even realized there was a better way.  For those who sit in the park and observe others as they walk, there may be the realization that all people are not created equal, at least so far as their walking style is concerned.  Some appear almost in pain as they struggle with a style that seems to be dogged by all kinds of issues.  Watching can reveal that they either lack a rhythmic motion or have some kind of glitch that just won't go away.

Posture Is Always Critical

Much like so many other things people do for activity, having correct posture when they walk can be the difference between success failure.  It is important for a person to hold themselves upright as much as possible.  It has been suggested that they should act as if a string were attached to the top of their head that pulls them upward.  This can help breathing as well as prevent some kinds of soreness from slumping over too much.

You May Not Fly, But Your Arms Help

People move their arms when they walk just as any other animal moves something.  Most birds move their heads in some kind of rhythm as they walk.  Walking efficiently may include some good arm movement.  Keeping the elbows bent at about a 90-degree angle and somewhat close to the body is considered to be beneficial.  Keeping the hands relaxed is another good point.  As a person swings their arms, it is suggested that they avoid bringing them over in front of the body but keep them low.

Learn to Enjoy Walking

There is really no point in walking if you cannot find some way to have fun.  Walking with a friend can help for some.  Finding the right time works for others.  In the whole scheme of things, fine-tuning your style and technique may pay big dividends.  It can help you to walk for a longer period of time without tiring.  It can also help you to go a greater distance without excessive soreness and aches.  If it isn't enjoyable, there is no motivation.  Find a way to make it work for you and have fun. 

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

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