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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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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, January/February, 2007. Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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