How would you like to get more out of every walk (more inches lost, more calories burned, more pain reduction, more metabolic boost) whether you are doing a walking workout at home, doing a fitness walk or just walking while doing “life”?
There is a misconception that “walking” is the best exercise you can do and you can’t get “hurt” . I’ll agree walking is a wonderful way to get your body moving (certainly better than sitting on the couch) but I have to respectfully disagree about the not “getting hurt” part.
Walking is a repetitive movement pattern. In other words, you are doing the same action over and over again. If you have a lot muscle imbalance, weak joints and poor bio-mechanics, you can do more harm than good.
But…all is not lost!
Posture power to the rescue. When you learn how to put your body into a more aligned posture, allowing your skeleton to hold yourself up instead of trying to use imbalanced muscles, tendons, ligaments…your walk because graceful, elegant and best of all…you will find your extra fluff (and pain) melting away.
Yes…alignment is that important and posture power is the key!
I know…this is a ton to remember. Don’t even try to do all of this at once, especially when walking outside. Take just one or two things at a time and practice them. If you do too much at once…it can make you pretty darn sore because your body won’t be used to being in “proper alignment”.
Want one thing to focus on right away?
I like to focus on making sure my shoulders are in alignment with my hips. In other words, check to make sure you aren’t leaning forward at the waist or hip. This, alone, can transform your walking workouts.
Try this…do some walking in place right now and bend slightly forward from your hips. Pay attention to what you are feeling. Then bring your upper body back up shoulder in alignment with hips. Feel the difference in the muscle activation in your lower body? It’s powerful!
Hope these tips help. Watch the video for more detailed explanations!
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