Walking is quite good for you body. Even getting out and walking a few minutes each day can add as much as three years to you average lifespan. That’s a lot more time visiting with grandkids and pursuing your hobbies! However, not everyone knows the best techniques to get the most exercise out of their daily walk. Today we’re going to give you a few tips for getting your best exercise!
Getting the Most out of Your Walk
In walking, as in all things, good posture is important. Get your shoulders back and away and straighten how you’re standing. Using your abs like this is good for your muscles, for one thing. For another thing, proper posture is good for your back, shoulders and neck.
When your posture is better, you can better use your arms to aid in walking. With your arms at your sides and swinging, you get a better workout and you’ll have better balance.
Make sure your foot is hitting the ground right. We know that might sound silly, but hear us out. When you’re walking, don’t just reach out with your heel and strike the ground. That’s a great way to send shocks into your knee and back, which can make existing joint or back problems worse.
Instead, try to use “foot strikes”. Foot strikes are a type of foot fall where you lay your heel down gently and then roll to the front of your foot, more evenly distributing your weight across your stride and taking a lot of the strain off of your heel.
If you have aches and pains, joint problems, arthritis or some similar ailment, it can be tempting to not get out and walk. However, staying still is much more for you than getting out and moving. Your joints and muscles are going to ache whether you’re active or not. However, your heart and overall health will suffer if you’re glued to the couch all day.
Remember: an object in motion stays in motion. Get up, get out and live your best life. Do it for your health!