Good Posture Benefits
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Good Posture Improves Walking Benefits
Walking is great exercise if you maintain correct posture and movements.
• Hold your head high—Keep your chin parallel to the ground, and avoid jutting your head forward.
• Keep your neck, shoulders, back, and hands relaxed—Don’t hunch or shrug, and let your arms swing with a slight bend at the elbows.
• Gently tighten your stomach muscles—Move your navel inward toward your spine to help keep your abdominal muscles slightly contracted.
• Tread softly—roll your foot from heel to toe, and don’t allow your heels to crash to the ground. Wear comfortable shoes.
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