You probably give little thought to walking. Whether we’re hurrying to work or strolling outdoors, we walk so often we do it automatically, without paying attention to what we’re doing—except when we’re injured, sore, or wearing uncomfortable shoes. While mindless walking may be the go-to most of the time, using proper form when you walk for exercise will help you reduce the risk for injury and make for a better workout.
Start by wearing sturdy, comfortable shoes. Walk with your toes pointed forward, not out or in. Take comfortable steps, aiming to let the heels of your feet touch the ground first (instead of walking on your toes). Keep your shoulders back and your chin up, scanning the horizon and letting your arms swing naturally as you stroll. Practice this today.
Article from the StayWell Company, LLC