Walk Talk Series
Day 12 – Practice Walking
Are you getting the hang of it yet?
Don’t worry if you are not there yet. Trying a new technique takes time to develop. If you reminding yourself to check your walking posture it will become like second nature. By now your dedication to walking should start to feel good and that is a real accomplishment you can be proud of.
Walking Form – Practice Check your posture
Stand tall, eyes forward looking 10 feet ahead of you.
Bend your arms and use arm swing from the shoulder.
With each step, your heel strikes first and your foot rolls through from heel to toe with a push off from the toe.
Your stride is longer in back of your body than in front of your body.
- 20-40 minute walk at a comfortable pace, concentrating on your walking form.
- Start with checking your posture.
- Warm up with 5 minutes at a very easy pace.
- Stretching 5 minutes.
- Now resume your walk at a comfortable pace.
- Use your arms.
- Think of rolling through each step, striking with the heel, pushing off with the toe.
- Think of not over-striding.
- Use a long push off in back of your body, planting your forward foot closer to your body.
- End with 5 minutes of gentle stretching.
“A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult
than all the medicine and psychology in the world. “
~ Paul Dudley White
Healthy Food Can Be Beautiful
Taste is the beginning, but satisfaction with your food depends on your other senses too – seeing a lovely plate of food, smelling the aromas of cooking, hearing the crunch, feeling the textures. When you start a reduced calorie diet or a low fat diet, make an effort to make your meals attractive so you will feel more satisfied. Don’t eat out of containers, put the food onto the plate and dine rather than just eat. Buy a lovely plate. Use a nice place mat and setting. Put flowers or candles on the table. Drink your water out of a crystal goblet. Don’t just eat – dine!