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Walking Tips to Maximize Your Fitness Efforts

Walking Tips to Maximize Your Fitness Efforts (1)

Walking is a low impact and gentle way of ensuring you stay strong and independent longer. These 5 walking tips to maximize your efforts will help you get the most out of your experience, such as improved balance and posture, plus bragging rights about the amount of steps you get in each day!

Ease into it.

If you discover that certain distances are too far for you to walk, start with shorter distances and increase your steps each day. 

Look ahead, not down.

To help protect your back and avoid injury, keep the head up and centered between the shoulders, with eyes focused straight ahead. To avoid slouching forward, keep the shoulders relaxed but straight.

Heel, toe, heel, toe.

First, make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes. With each step, the heel lands first, then you push off on the toes. Stepping heel-first requires less work by the hips, knees and ankles.

Use appropriate assistive device.

If you need a walking device, use it. Walking devices, such as a walker or a cane, are very important in helping many older adults maintain or improve mobility. Remember to avoid curbs and grass as these uneven obstacles could cause a loss of a balance.

Walk inbetween your exercise days.

If you like to keep busy with other activities, even 10-minute power walks can be good. Walking is good cardio that works your large muscles and pushes your heart and lungs, which makes your heart stronger over time.

Did you know?

A single bout of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity can improve sleep, memory, and the ability to think and learn. It also reduces anxiety symptoms. Learn more >