Make Sure You Have a Good Walking Posture
This month we are challenging you to allow the nature of walking to help you get in better shape and therefore better health. We are on day 12 of our walking challenge and today our topic Is It Important To Focus on the Right Walking Posture? We Say Yes!
You see we started a walking practice in 2017 when life was stressful. The idea was to get outdoors for a walk and simply peacefully enjoy the time. Very quickly I found my daily walks to be painful and didn’t know why.
My back, knees and feet hurt a lot, to the point that I didn’t know if I was going to be able to continue to get out for a daily walk. Then I found the book Chi Walking, and everything changed for me. The reason for the change was I learned about walking posture. It is so important, and we just had to include this idea here for you in the walking challenge.
Your Walk Today: 28 Minutes Long
Today’s Tip: Make Sure You Have a Good Walking Posture
For day 12 of the 21-Day Walking Challenge, you are going to focus on your posture.
It might sound completely unnecessary to talk about good walking posture since this is something you master when you're still a toddler. In reality, just because you have the ability to walk doesn't mean you're doing it properly. Furthermore, there are certain tweaks in your posture that can minimize discomfort, reduce potential damage, and boost the results you get from the activity itself.
The Cost of Poor Posture
Many people struggle with poor, slouching posture throughout their day. Whether sitting on the couch or working at your desk, it's not uncommon to have bad positioning. This poor posture sometimes carries into walking as well where it can cause neck and back pain.
When you find walking painful or detrimental, you'll be more likely to avoid it. This leads to a bad spiral of avoiding physical activity which contributes to more health problems and so on.
Tips for Good Walking Posture
When walking, your body must be in a neutral position without leaning backward or forward. Engage your core muscles in order to help maintain good posture.
It can also be helpful to imagine a string pulling your head upwards in order to maintain an erect posture. If you're walking outside, you can keep your eyes fixed on the horizon. We shared ideas for good posture and a video from Chi Walking for you here https://wendybottrell.weebly.com/blog/how-to-increase-your-walking-speed-today-tip
Benefits of Great Posture
- You can decrease your current levels of neck and back pain.
- It makes it easier to sit for prolonged periods of time at work.
- You'll be able to have better breathing techniques when walking.
Practice these posture tips when you go out for your 28-minute walk today.
We know for sure that walking is the link to living a healthy and vibrant life. We believe walking inspires the mind, activates the body, and nourishes the soul.
It would be great to hear if you plan on practicing walking with improved posture when you go out for your daily walk in the comments below.
It is our belief that the practice of walking is one of the ways we connect to living a healthy and vibrant life.
We appreciate that it never seems as if there are enough hours in the day, but it is so important to make a conscious decision to practice moving well with good posture and we believe that walking is the most accessible form of exercise on the planet. Taking care of your mind, body and emotional needs will help you be able to live your best life.
You are your best advocate; if you are not moving well each day, it is easy to get burned out by all of life's demands. Taking some time each day for yourself to get outside and walk can have a profound impact on your well-being. Physical fitness and moving well begin and ends with you!
We would appreciate hearing from you. Will you accept today's challenge? Share any ideas or comments below.
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