I like this story. I lost over 60 pounds by walking about 5 miles a day and never knew about the leaning on the hills I take. I had foor surgery due to wearing the wrong shoes and not taking good care of my feet. After 5 months of healing, I am looking for articles with information like this so I won't do things again that I never knew before I learned the hard way!
Very good article! I didn't realize that leaning back when going down hills could be problematic - but if you stay erect, your abs work much more! I also liked the instruction about rolling from heel to ball of foot. I have to watch out that I put enough weight on the inner ball mounts - so that my feet don't slightly roll to the outside (pronation).
6/30/2010 11:01:03 AM
I had to read this sentence a few times to figure out what was intended: "When walking, your center of gravity to move forward, not side-to-side (known as hip sway)." I think the word "to" is supposed to be "should." Also, in key #3 the word "more" should be "move." I really appreciate the advice about not lengthening your natural stride. I am 5'2" and I find it very difficult to walk at a "brisk" pace, the best I can do at this point is slow to moderate. I felt very tempted to lengthen my stride to see if that would make a difference.
THANK YOU!!! This is one of the most useful, well written, and thorough articles I have ever read about walking!!!! I am training to walk the Portland Marathon and although I knew that you should walk heel-toe, the way he presented the information made me realize I was not releasing with my big toe after all (And I thought I was doing great---live and learn), . THANK YOU!
I have had to learn to walk again and I don't always do it correctly. Heel to toe is a good reminder for me.It is seriously hard to remind yourself all the time how to do this and sometimes you just walk the way that is easiest for you.
5/16/2010 10:17:06 AM
I have been using Nordic walking poles as well as Pacer poles when walking in order to get a full body workout rather than just the legs. see www.poleabout.com .au and www.pacerpole.com.
5/15/2010 5:06:43 PM
After I complete a long walk, my back is sore and I have problems bending down to touch my toes. Next time, I'm going to try to stay straight and stop looking down at feet.
A question: For weight loss, is it better to go for speed (ie 2 miles in half an hour) or distance? Right now I'm doing 2.5 to 3 miles each time but at 45 to 60 minutes this is "slow" (although I really feel the workout). I notice my calories burned is not at my goal, but I am losing weight. Confused. I also have a goal of walking on a trip this summer in Germany.
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