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All Things May Not Come Naturally

By Tom Herrin

As human beings, most people likely feel that some things they do are second nature.  They may come naturally, but this doesn't mean that they always do them well, or even correctly.  Some things are so basic that almost everyone feels that it is not necessary to improve on them.  As a matter of fact, many probably don't even realize that improving basic operations is even possible.  One of those things that may fall into this category is walking.  

Practically everyone walks.  Most begin somewhere around one year of age.  Many times, after they initially do so, they never give any thought to the idea that they could improve on the basic form or technique.  Doing so, however, can make a walk go much smoother and be more enjoyable.

Arms Do More Than Hang

When it comes to walking, the arms have an important job.  They function as an integral part of the walking motion as much as the feet and legs.  The notion that, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, holds true here as well.  It is suggested that the fists be relaxed, the elbows be bent at about a 90-degree angle and kept relatively close to the body, and the hands be kept somewhat low.  Many people who tend to waste motion do so by allowing their arms to fling about.  

A Good Stride Can Count

Many people have problems with their stride as they walk.  Some may appear as if they labor considerably as they walk.  It is important to remember to maintain contact between the feet and the ground as long as possible.  Striking the ground with the heel first, then rolling through the foot to the toe can be best.  Pushing off with the toes is what does the real job of propelling the body along on its way.

We Can Develop a Better Walk With Effort

Walking may not be a science but we can study it and make improvements in the way we do it.  As we make a few adjustments, we will be able to feel the difference.  A better walking style may mean fewer aches and pains as we walk.  It also may mean that we will be able to walk longer without feeling tired.  When this happens, the walk itself begins to be more fun and something that we may look forward to.

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

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