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Walking Can Be Improved For Better Success

By Tom Herrin

Most people consider their ability to walk as the very basic skill that they possess, or one of them.  There is an expression referring to those who may have difficulty in performing some simple tasks as not being able to walk and chew gum at the same time.  While walking is something that virtually all people can do with relative ease, it is still an activity that  has some element of correctness when done successfully (or properly).  Walking requires basic coordination and body function, but there are some ways in which it may be fine-tuned to the extent that it may be done with much greater ease and much less fatigue.

Arm Movement Plays an Important Role

Anyone who has observed birds walk around on the ground has surely noticed the various amounts of movement required in order for them to perform what would appear to be a simple task.  Their heads constantly move in coordination as their legs move.  When people walk, what they do with their arms is pretty significant.  Some move them about without what seems like any real purpose or rhythm.  Keeping the arms relatively close to the body can help, thus avoiding any kind of flinging motion.  It is also a good practice to keep the hands somewhat low.  It is also recommended that the hands not cross over in the front of the body and that they remain relaxed.

The Stride Can Make a Difference

Many people take a beating when they walk due to the way they handle their stride.  One good practice is to keep the feet in contact with the ground as long as possible.  Hitting the ground with the heel, and then rolling through the foot to the toe, is a good way to do this.  Pushing off with the toes helps to propel the person forward.  This allows the other foot to come in contact sooner, continuing the movement.

Walking Should Be a Fun Experience

When we do something as basic as walk, it should not be stressful.  It is one of the best ways to get some lower impact exercise.  I have found that if I make my walk a little better by adjusting my technique a little, I am able to walk for a much longer period of time without feeling too tired or achy.  I have had some bad experiences with it in the past, but as I have made some small changes, it has made for a much more pleasant experience.  I now feel I can walk as long as I want without concerns about any unpleasant effects.

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

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