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We Should No Longer Be Toddlers

By Tom Herrin

Most people began their walking experience years ago.  For them, it was a natural progression from crawling to pulling up and then walking around holding onto whatever there was to hold.  As they developed, they learned to turn loose and go on their own.  This progressed from there to greater independence as they developed more confidence.  From that point, most individuals gave little thought to just what was involved in walking.  While it may have seemed to work for some, the fact is that many people have a difficult time walking smoothly and easily.  Even though few may realize it, walking may be improved just like anything else with a little attention given to detail.

Posture Is a Good Place to Begin

As with so many other things people do, posture may make or break a person's walk.  The basics still hold true.  Holding the body more upright is a good place to start.  It has been suggested that people may want to think of it as a string were pulling them up as they walk.  Focusing on a point about 20 feet ahead as they walk can help to keep the head and chin up -- and more level and parallel to the ground.   

Good Arm Motion May Make Walking More Productive

Swinging the arms as they walk is the natural process for anyone.  This is important in helping to make movements more efficient.  It is thought to be best to keep the elbows bent at about a right angle and relatively close to the body.  The hands should be closed but not clenched.  Avoiding motions that are too close, or flinging about, may be most successful for a good walk.  Some people tend to reach too high with their hands.  This may be best if kept more conservative.

Make Walking a Regular Part of Life

There was a time in which people walked a considerable bit in their everyday routines.  I was once skeptical as I had some bad experiences.  I have made some changes in my walking form and technique.  This has been a great help, and I now look forward to each time I have the opportunity to go for a walk.  Hopefully you can have a similar experience as you look for ways to fine-tune yours.  A few minor changes may be all it takes.

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

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