Are You Walking Correctly?

Are You Walking Correctly?

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Though one of the most fundamental activities to humans; most of us actually clod around incorrectly. And we have egypt shirt to blame. A growing body of international research from podiatrists and fitness experts say we would have fewer injuries if we were barefoot more of the time. Not only that, we would truly access increased sensory perception, improved posture and fortify muscles, core, and feet.

Ready to walk yourself to health?

Try these tips for walking yourself fit (shod or bare):

Feet and ankles

– Absorb the ground by rolling through the whole foot

– Feel the toes spread, and push off through them

– Open your ankle and show the entire sole of your foot to the person behind you

Pelvis and hips

– Keep abdominals lightly engaged, but lower back and gluteals relaxed

– Keep hips level on each stride

Arms and hands

(Arm swing is vital to engage the upper body rotation and encourage proper breathing habits)

– Swing your bent elbows backwards further than you swing them forwards

– Keep hands relaxed and palms facing inward toward the body

Posture, head and neck

(When in motion, keep knees slightly flexed and remind yourself to have a forward-looking, rotating gaze. This helps the three balance centers in the body integrate more efficiently.)

– Increase the distance between your ears and shoulders

Energy Use as We Age

“For overall bodily health, our walking movement has to really be as energy efficient as possible,” says Randy Eady, a Rehabilitative Counselor. In fact, research on walking consistently shows the body behaves like an upside-down pendulum, albeit only a 65% perfect one. Which means, for each (perfectly balanced and symmetrical) step we take, 35% of the energy has to be obtained from the calories we burn. Just imagine if your physiology is operating under some walking mechanism impairment and what that can translate to in regards to general good health? Additionally, adds Eady, “walking imbalances are the kind of impairment that all of us accumulate from postural instability, lack of body awareness, stress and less than the best positioning habits over the course of time.”

Putting Ancient Primal Rhythms into Daily Practice – Four Basic Principles

1) Snooze in the afternoon. Siestas help boost energy, so you don’t need a sugary pick-me-up-snack in the afternoon. Conversely, studies link too little sleep to increased production of the hormone ghrelin, which makes you crave comfort foods.

2) Take a walk or spin around town. Especially barefoot. In countries where rhythms are more naturally complementing to lifestyle such as Switzerland…in a year, 30% of the trips are done walking, 10% by bike and only 38% by car.

3) Go Primal with Greens. As Dr. Daphne Miller wrote in the Jungle Effect: A Doctor Discovers the Healthiest Diets from Around the World, “foliate-rich, fermented foods are diet staples in places like West Africa. They are packed with probiotics, which maintain colon-protecting bacteria in the gut.

4) Get the body moving and the four limbs physically-coordinated. Stand on one foot more often (like when you brush your teeth or tie a shoe). Walk a curb when you have a chance. And, toss a ball or two (literally).

One of the best multi-generational exercises I employ is a double ball roll and toss. Lots of fun! Easy to do. Simply stack a smaller exercise ball on top of a large exercise ball. Stand about 8 feet (3 m) apart and toss the smaller ball back and forth as you roll the big ball back and forth with your feet.

Authors Note: Did you know that as of 2008, the most recent year for which statistics are available, more than 18,000 people 65 and older died of fall-related injuries? Another 1.8 million people were treated in emergency departments for injuries related to a fall. The total direct cost for falls among older adults in 2000 was about $19 billion. This cost is expected to reach $43.8 billion by 2020 because of the maturing boomer demographic. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

QUICK TIPS FOR Improving Movement Security

o Exercise regularly. Exercise programs such as Tai Chi that increase strength and improve balance are especially good.

o Review medications with doctor to reduce side effects and interactions.

o Have eyes checked at least once a year.

o At home, improve lighting and reduce hazards such as rugs and runners that tend to slide.

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write by Amanda

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