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Why Walking Could Be the Solution to Your
Walk, don’t run, to
your local fitness store and try on a pair of walking shoes.
For cardiovascular fitness, there isn’t an activity
that’s more sensitive to the wear and tear of your body than
a stroll through the park. Aside from being a tremendous tension
releaser and a great metabolism booster, walking is a great
exercise to strengthen your legs, abdomen, and heart.
But before we get into the crucial elements to this growing craze,
first kick off the old shoes and slide in with the new.
Walking shoes, obviously, are the walker’s tools, much the
way a baseball player relies on his bat and a golfer does his
putter. So you can never be too choosy about what you slip your
Most importantly, perhaps, is that the shoes fit. If you seem like
you may be in between shoe sizes, always choose the larger size. It
is imperative that you can wiggle your toes inside your walking
shoes and that you can squeeze a finger between your heel and the
inside of your shoes.
After securing a proper fit, it’s time to hit the
Stretching, of course, is the first order of business, so take a
few minutes before each walk to stretch your legs properly,
increasing flexibility while decreasing the risk of injury. You
want to emphasize the stretch around your hamstrings, quadriceps,
and calf muscles, allowing these muscles to warm up before you
begin your walk.
Walking may seem like merely an integral part of your life. You
walk every day, whether it’s to your car, to the mailbox, or
through a shopping mall. But what many walking hopefuls don’t
understand is that there is an actual technique involved.
Walking is a heel-to-toe type exercise in a sense that you should
always land with your weight on your heel before rolling onto the
balls of the feet. Then, push off with the ball of your foot before
landing on the heel of your opposite foot.
Throughout the stride, your arms should be loose and swinging with
each step. Your back is straight during this and your knees are
bent a tad. As you walk, your eyes should be focused straight
ahead, with your chin up, your shoulders straight, and you chest
Your stride should be at a comfortable distance, not too short and
not too long. The right stride will conserve your energy and allow
you to maintain proper balance, form, and speed.
The more moderate pace for a walk is somewhere around 3 mph while a
more advanced competitive walker will chug along at a 5 mph
Many walkers prefer to perform with weights, whether held in the
hands or strapped to the legs. Before attempting this, you may want
to work up such an exercise. However, walking with weights can
build up strength and endurance.
Usually after the first two weeks of taking on this method of
fitness, the walker will feel an increase in stamina and perhaps a
loss of fat.
Roads with sidewalks are ideal for the walker. That way, the walker
doesn’t face the danger of being struck by motor vehicles.
Under circumstances where sidewalks are not present, be sure to
walk on the left side of the road so you are facing the oncoming
Athletic tracks usually provide a smooth surface for the walker,
but when doing so, be considerate to others. Be sure to walk on the
outside lanes. The inside lanes are generally reserved for joggers
and sprinters so the slower your pace, the further outside you
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