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How to Get More From Your Walking Workout

By Sara Butler

Walking is something most people do every day, which can make it difficult for people to consider a solid form of exercise. Make no mistake about it though, because walking is most definitely a workout.

If you're a workout walker, then you may need to inspire your workout from time to time to ensure you're getting the most out of it. Here are some tips from the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic to help you get the most from your walking workout.

Add a Dynamic Warmup

Walking is a great workout because it helps put your body through a full range of motion each time you take a step. To make it even more effective, you should do some dynamic stretching before you get started, focusing on stretching the foot and ankle.

You can do heel raises and toe raises to get some stretches in, then spend the first five minutes or so of your workout increasing your intensity and speed to help complete your warm up. Doing dynamic exercises even three minutes per week will help improve your stride and help you to get more from your walk.

Think About Posture

Proper posture helps your body in several ways throughout the day. It can improve digestion, reduce strain on your joints, and help you to breathe better, but it also helps to reduce fatigue as you get into your walking workout.

What is proper walking posture? In general, start at your head and work all the way down to your toes. Your head should be centered over your shoulders, your shoulders should be slightly back, your back should be tall, and your pelvis lined up with your shoulders. Remember to avoid tucking the pelvis or overarching your back.

It's also a good idea to engage your core muscles in your abdomen as you walk. This will help strengthen these muscles and add support to your spine.

Swing Your Arms

Pay attention to your arms as you walk. You should work to maintain that natural bend in your elbow and swing your arms in the opposite direction of your stepping foot. The more you do this, the more it will become second nature as you walk. You can add it in to help you increase your pace.

Walking is a great workout, but certain things can make it even better!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Bossier City, La.


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