Do Your Walks Turn Into Beatings?
By Tom Herrin
A lot of people really want to get more exercise but often don't know the best way to go about it. While some take up jogging and others join exercise classes, most people recognize the benefits of walking. Not only does it provide a good, generally low-stress activity, it can also help to manage diabetes, weight, blood pressure, and several other assorted health issues. After all, most people are able to walk well enough and don't need any special training. With all of that said, there are a few things that may help to improve the productivity of that walk and make it more enjoyable as well.
Work on Posture
For many people, when they think about posture, they think about sitting or standing. Posture is more than that. The way they hold their body can have a huge impact on how they feel overall and how well they may be able to perform a given task. When people walk, it is important to hold themselves upright with their stomach tucked in some. This may help them to avoid slumping, which can cause them to feel achy and tired. It is also good to try to keep the chin parallel to the ground and look ahead about 20 feet.
Move the Arms Correctly
Even though it may not seem like it, the way people move their arms when they walk can make quite a difference. Keeping the elbows close to the body and bending them at about a 90-degree angle can help to make their movements more efficient. It is suggested that the arms be kept low and avoid reaching up. Developing a smooth movement with the arms can help make the walk more productive.
Any kind of activity we decide to pursue should be enjoyable. If we use poor form, we will have a tendency to become tired sooner. Doing something that drains us physically can do the same thing emotionally as well. There are times in which walking seemed to take a lot out of me. Making a few minor changes in my technique has helped me to feel more energetic when I walk. It also seems to make it more enjoyable. When I have the right kind of shoes and use good practices, I feel that I could walk almost endlessly without a break.
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