Learning to Walk
Research shows that taking a brisk walk can benefit your heart, body, and mind—at any age. How you walk is just as important as that you walk. Follow these simple guidelines:
Maintain good, upright posture; keep shoulders relaxed and head up.
Look straight ahead, focusing 3-4 yards in front of you; don’t watch your feet, and don’t lean forward (even on hills).
Keep your arms relaxed at your sides, allowing them to swing freely with the arm opposite to the stepping foot swinging forward.
Don’t make a fist; keep your hands relaxed. Don’t pump your arms higher than your breastbone.
Your heel should hit the ground first. As you stride, push off with your toes.
Keep your stride at a natural length. To walk faster, take smaller and quicker steps.
Work on your posture for a week, then concentrate on arm motions.
Wendy Bumgardner; www.walking.about.com
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