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Tips on the correct way to walk

We all know how to walk, right?  Wrong. While we know how to put one foot in front of another, we need to learn how to walk correctly so we protect our bodies and get the most out of our walks. Walking with poor posture or exaggerated movements could lead to injury. The Mayo Clinic offers these tip on the “correct” way to walk:

1.  Keep Your Head Up

Look forward about 10 feet, not down at the ground. Keep your chin parallel to the path.  Your neck, shoulders, and back should be relaxed, not stiffly upright in a military pose.

2.  Swing Your Arms

Both should move freely, with a slight bend to your elbows. A little bit of pumping with your arms is OK. Your shoulders should be moving, too.

3.  Stand Up Straight

Gently tighten your stomach muscles. Your back should be straight, not arched forward or backward.

Watch the video below for a good example of how to walk correctly.  We hope these tips will make walking a pleasurable habit for you!