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Correct Walking Is Not Automatic

By Tom Herrin

Of all of the things that people do for exercise, walking may be the one that many feel is the easiest to do and get right.  It is true that it is often a low-stress way of getting in some good activity, but it is not true that it comes automatic.  Many people may feel that it is because they know how to walk and learned to do so at a fairly young age.  Einstein was said to be around 2 when he learned, but maybe he had bigger things to think about.  The general act of walking may be easy but doing it correctly may take some thinking.

The Arms Have a Role

Walking seems so natural for most that they probably don't stop and think about it at all.  Even arm movement is important, and there is such a thing as doing it correctly.  It doesn't take much time watching animals walk to notice that for every movement they have, there is a counter movement.  For birds, their heads do a lot of bobbing as they move about.  For people, good arm movement can make for good walking.  It is suggested that the arms be kept somewhat close to the body and not flung about.  The hands should be loose.  They should not reach too high as they move but be kept to a fairly low position.

Lengthening Stride May Not Mean What You Think

A lot of people think that in order to get more out of their stride, they have to step well ahead of themselves.  In fact, to actually get more out of their step, it is more important to increase their stride in the back of their step.  Pushing off with their toes will do more to propel them.  The idea of keeping the foot on the ground longer may have more meaning in the way of getting more out of their step.  This pushing off can be what makes the step do more.

Be Natural But Do It Right

The idea of "natural but right" may seem contradictory, but with a little fine-tuning, we may be able to improve our walking just a little and be far more productive with each step.  We still need to have some fun with it, but once we do some small adjustments, we will probably find the results satisfying.  I do what I can to improve my walking, and it seems to have paid off.  I am able to walk a greater distance without feeling worn out and tired afterwards.

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

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