National Walking Day: How to Boost the Intensity of Your Walks

How to Boost the Intensity of Your Walks (Image Source: Shutterstock)

The Benefits of Walking

The Benefits of Walking│Dr. Eric Berg DC

Stretching Your Legs and Other Walking Tips

  1. Stretch your legs frequently. Muscle soreness discourages many new walkers from continuing. But you can avoid that by incorporating a few leg stretches in your routine. Stretching your legs before and after walking can save you from injury and soreness.
  2. Maintain the right walking posture. A power walk is defined by good posture. Don’t look at the ground. Keep your head up, back straight, and neck and shoulders relaxed. Let your arms swing. This will allow you to move forward smoothly. Your abdomen should be straight, and you should move in long strides from your heel to your toe. Don’t hunch or curl your shoulders.
  3. Wear the right shoes. The last thing you want is blisters from shoes that are too tight. Choose a comfortable and strong pair of walking shoes. Your feet will have better support that way. Investing in good shoes will also motivate you to walk more often.
  4. Take weather and terrain precautions. If you live in the woods or plan on trekking, bring a trekking pole with you. Wear clothes that match the weather you’ll be walking in. Bring an umbrella if you know it’ll rain. But don’t let the weather bring you down. Remember your National Walking Day goal!
  5. Track your heart rate. You’ll miss out on the benefits of walking if you walk too slow or too fast. To decide your pace, first measure your max heart rate by subtracting your age from 220. Now, keep your target heart rate at 60 to 85% of your HR max.
Stretching Your Legs Before and After Walking Can Save You From Injury. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

What to Do on National Walking Day

Walking is a Great Way to Exercise and Boost Cardiovascular Health. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

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