Good posture while walking helps you breathe easier as well as eliminate back pain. So keep your chin up, shoulders back and relaxed, and try not to lean too far forward or too far back. And remember, your mother will only love you if you have correct posture.
See? I'm doing it, Mommy, I'm doing it! I'm a big boy!
It's natural to swing your arms when you walk as it helps with counterbalance. Still, you'd be surprised at how little people do it. Keeping your hands down by your sides can cause your hands to swell, and we just can't have that look in a contemporary society. So how does one swing their arms properly?
Now that you've mastered the arms, let's move on to the hands. Unclench them. You want your fingers relaxed with just the slightest bit of a curl. Clenching your hands typically is a sign of stress, which is the exact opposite of how you want to feel when you walk. So take a deep breath, shake out those hands and chill.
You'd think that longer strides mean faster walking, right?
Well, no. No. 1000 times no.
Though it may feel counter-intuitive, shorter steps make you move faster. Walking is about forward movement, and when you use longer strides you are basically pushing your calf backwards to move forwards, which is not only less efficient, but can lead to hyperextension of the kn ee. So try shorter strides when you walk. But please, don't ever let anyone break your stride. #'80swerethebestdecade
What? Your core is involved in walking just as much as your legs? You bet your sweet bippy!* The core muscles are the ones that hold your spine erect and keep everything balanced. And if things ain't balanced, you ain't walking right. So turn on those core muscles. Keep everything centered and try not to have your legs and feet do all the work.
(*I apologize if your bippy is not sweet. I shouldn't have presumed.)
And finally, for all that is sacred on this big blue marble, please do not text and walk.Texting while walking is just as bad as texting while driving. In fact, this past March, New Jersey even proposed a measure thatwould ban texting and walking (aka, "distracted walking") with a fine of $50.00.
Plus, remember that good posture you wanted when walking? Yeah, looking down at your phone negates all of that.Congratulations, you are now failing on multiple levels.