Are You Walking The Proper Way? 5 Steps You Should Take On Your Next Walk
This tip is courtesy of Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging: Your Online Guide to the Anti-Inflammatory Diet. For more nutrition and health guidance, start your 14-day free trial now!
Walking is an ideal way to get daily exercise – it strengthens almost every major organ in the body, promotes optimal bone density, and boosts the immune system. But have you considered how to best put one foot in front of the other? Your walking habits can have an impact on how much benefit you get from each outing. Keep the following in mind when walking:
- Start with good footwear. Make sure what you are wearing is comfortable and not going to cause you to cut your walk short or leave you suffering afterward. If foot pain limits you, make sure your footwear is supportive and stabilizing – this will keep you motivated to commit to a regular walking routine.
- Walk with your head erect. Look ahead and train your sight 10 to 20 feet ahead of you. If you need to check the ground to avoid obstacles, lower your eyes, not your head, and try not to thrust your trunk forward or let your arms dangle listlessly at your sides.
- Keep your back straight. Stretch your spine so your shoulders are level and square, and tuck your buttocks in.
- Bend your arms. Flex your elbows at close to 90-degree angles and let your arms swing at waist level.
- Take shorter, measured steps, with your feet striking the ground using the heel and pushing off with the toes. A too-long stride can throw you off balance.
Today’s Health Topics
Ask Dr. Weil's Q&A
Explore in style with the Vionic comfortable sandal collection. Lightweight materials and biomechanical arch support will have you travel, sightsee and discover without missing a step.
Shop now and enjoy free shipping with the coupon code WEILTRAVELSANDALS, valid through 05/31/18.