Proper Walk­ing Tech­nique

Health & Nutrition - - FITNESS FORUM -

Lead with your chest (not with your head), which nat­u­rally pro­motes arm swing. Keep your shoul­ders re­laxed and down, but not hunched. Swing your arms from the shoul­ders, not your el­bows. Let the heel of your foot touch the ground first, then roll your weight for­wards to your toes. To main­tain good pos­ture while walk­ing: Hold your head up, point your eyes for­ward, and keep your chin par­al­lel to the ground. It may help to pre­tend you’re bal­anc­ing a book on your head. Hold your back in a neu­tral po­si­tion, nei­ther arched nor slumped. Swing your arms front to back, not side to side. Main­tain a com­fort­able stride. If you find that walk­ing in­creases back pain, you might be walk­ing too slowly - this loads the spine.

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