Walks Challenge: Week #1
you thought you mastered walking at age one well, think
again. Fitness walking isn't an afternoon stroll, but even
a novice can begin moving with an easy walking program that
will help to get you fit, toned, and on track for a healthier
you get started, let's run through some easy-to-follow walking
tips. By following these key steps, you'll reduce your risk
of injury, ensure that your body works at its peak.
up straight. Look directly ahead. Imagine that a string
is attached to the top of your head and is lifting you
from the ground. Keep your shoulders back and relaxed,
chest lifted, and tailbone pointing down to the ground.
the stress points. Relax your shoulders and shake out
any tension from your arms and wrists. Bend your arms
at the elbow about 83 degrees. Wiggle your fingers and
then hold your hands in loose balls (pretend you're clasping
a jumbo-size magic marker against your palms). Swing your
arms naturally as you walk, but try not to let your hands
extend above your chest.
your steps short and fast. The faster you move the better
your cardiovascular workout. Keep an even stride and maintain
a steady pace.
motion. As you walk, your heel should be the first part
of your foot to hit the ground. Roll through the ball
of the foot and push off with your toes. This motion reduces
the risk of shin splints and tendon pulls.