WALKING: NO Advanced Degree Required
There is no need to buy expensive video's computer programs or manuals in order to learn how to walk.
All you have to do is walk naturally. Some prefer to walk outside and get fresh air, see the sights, etc. Some are too busy in the home and prefer to invest in a treadmill. Do whatever will work best into your daily schedule -- or combine the two! There are always bad weather days and a back-up treadmill is never a bad idea, although definitely not a requirement. You can also use these days to lift some weights or get some heavy-duty house or garage cleaning done during the time you would normally walk.
Find a method that is comfortable to you and that is all there is to it.
A few helpful hints on walking:
- Posture is Key -- In order to get the most out of walking, good posture is crucial. Keep your head up and your spine straight and look straight ahead. Keep your arms and shoulders loose (do look down occasionally to avoid possible road obstacles).
- Take deep, regular breaths -- Never hold your breath.
- Walk, do not run -- to get the most out of your walk you should keep a brisk pace but not too fast. You should be able to individually determine a correct pace shortly after starting your walking routine. If you find it is difficult to breathe easily, slow down. You are obviously walking too fast.
- Is your Body Trying to tell you Something? -- The expression "if it feels good do it" applies to walking and the opposite is also true. If you have a lot of pain or discomfort, check with your doctor.
- Stride -- Try to take long, smooth strides. Your motion should be fairly effortless, with your arms swinging at your sides for balance.