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Finding Better Ways to Walk Can Pay Off

By Tom Herrin

For those trying to get more out of what they do, there is always a way.  No matter what it is, someone has likely found some way of improving the form or technique.  Walking is one of those things that may seem so natural to so many people that they may assume that they are doing fine as they are.  On the contrary, making some small adjustments to the way they handle themselves as they walk may make the entire experience one that is much more enjoyable.  When this happens, a person more frequently will have a desire to do more. 

Using the Arms Right May Play a Big Part

It doesn't take a highly trained observer to notice that people move their arms in all sorts of ways as they walk.  This arm movement is critical to the movement of the legs.  Without the right kind of arm movement, the legs can be worn out quickly.  When walking, the elbows should be bent and kept fairly close to the body.  As they swing them, it is best to keep the hands low and avoid reaching too high.  Avoiding clenching the fists can keep the entire body loose and more at ease.  Tensing up may translate into unnecessary tightness.

The Way the Feet Hit Is Important

When people walk, the way the feet strike the ground will help determine whether or not the whole experience is good.  Hitting the ground with the heel first followed by the foot rolling across the ground and pushing off with the toes is usually considered to be the best style.  This may help reduce the impact on the feet.  It also leads to effective propulsion as the toes push the person forward.  This is often the real means of making the person go.

Make Walking Enjoyable

Any time people take up walking as a form of exercise, it is much more productive if it is fun.  I try to walk whenever possible.  It is easy and I can do it almost anywhere.  When I do it right, I look forward to the next outing.  I am also able to walk farther without feeling overly tired.  If you are a walker, or expect to be one, see what you can do to sharpen your technique, then get out there and go.

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

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