There are four ways to change your walking technique while at the same time you are losing weight, improving balance and tone your muscles.
Walking is part of our lives. The necessary movement that leads us from point A to point B, which we often take for granted. Walking has many benefits, from strengthening mental health, reducing stress levels, helping the environment to the maintenance of active life.
Joanna Hall is the founder of Walkactive, a program that aims to change the way we walk to improve our health, fitness, and achieve all your physical abilities.
Hall explained to Harper’s Bazaar how to learn to walk correctly.
Yes, the thing that seems to work naturally in the right way, in fact, many people do wrong. As she says, minimal changes can make your walking faster and more efficient, and by doing so, you will burn more calories, make your muscles work more intensively, reduce back pain, improve tonus, and correct posture. Of course, all this will lead to weight loss.
Well, if we are interested in you, these are things you need to pay attention to and that you can change today, and thus increase the chances of faster loss of kilograms:
If you keep touching the entire length of your foot (or most of your foot) while walking the ground, you are walking completely wrong. You’re loading your knees and spine instead of evenly distributing weight.
Instead, when touching the foot with a foot, please pay attention to using its flexibility, and you wait on your fingers, and only then transfer the weight to the rest of the foot. In this way, use all the muscles and keep them active.
People unconsciously lower their hips and thus do not include abdominal muscles or the buttocks during walking. It would be correct to raise your hips knowingly, stretching your chest forward as you walk. That way you will pull your abdominal muscles.
Head and shoulders
The most common mistake we make while walking is bending the shoulders forward and unconscious head down. That limits the spinal movements but also prevents proper breathing. Instead, gently push your shoulders back and lift your head and look ahead.
Instead of limiting your hand movements, allow them to follow the rhythm of your walk. Hands should be able to move naturally, which will increase the activity of the abdominal muscles, as well as increase the tonus.