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Walking Technique, Like Running, Can Be Improved

By Tom Herrin

Some people may feel that, in order to run well, all they have to do is get out there and take off.  Those who have done very much running know this is not the case.  Effective running can require work on technique and form.  What many people may not be aware of is that walking can be much the same.  Most who walk casually probably feel that they have years of practice dating back to their childhood.  This may be true, but it may also be true that incorrect practice does little good for anyone.  Simply watching some people walk can provide insight into the struggles that some have as they try to work out by walking.  Many of them appear to labor as they walk.

Holding the Body Correct Is Always Best

When one is walking, holding the body upright can help to improve breathing and possibly avoid some aches and pains.  Some people tend to hunch over as they walk, which is pretty counterproductive.  Another thing they can do is try to keep their head and chin as level and as parallel as possible to the ground.  Maintaining a focus about 20 feet ahead can help do this.  

Use The Arms to Help

It is necessary for people to use their arms effectively to make their walk better.  All animals have some kind of specific movements as they walk.  For people, the arms complement the movements of the legs.  Making an effort to keep the elbows at a 90-degree angle and close to the body is considered most efficient.  This can help prevent unnecessary movements.  The hands should be loose and kept relatively low as they move.  It is also thought to be better to keep the hand from crossing the center of the body as it comes in front.

A Good Walk Can Be Satisfying

At one time, walking for any distance or length of time seemed to wear on me.  Now that I have tried to focus on improving my style, I have found that it can be a good feeling to get out and enjoy a walk.  I find that I am more motivated and likely to walk longer and farther.  If you are trying to do a little walking for your health, try to sharpen up your technique and see what happens.  You will likely notice a difference.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cedar Park, Tex.

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