Training Tips for Walking

This one is for my mother. She is a walker and reminds me every day how many steps she has accomplished and it's usually well over 10,000 steps! You keep going, Mom, I'll blog about it. 

The Guardian recently published an article on why a Fitbit or similar gadgets are no longer needed. The writer believes that fitness gadgets cause more stress than helping people achieve their fitness goals. Of course, I have to say, a FitBit does not have to be a stressor unless you allow it to be. Let me remind you that nearly 50% of the American population do not lead an active, healthy lifestyle. Nearly $120 billion of healthcare costs are due to inactivity.  The FitBit and similar gadgets are motivators. If you get 2,000 steps in or over 10,000 steps, be happy that you moved! Let's not discredit why fitness gadgets were invented for in the first place. They are motivating and convenient to millions of people. If a FitBit motivates you to move and you make it fun, wear it. If it truly stresses you out, you're right, you don't need it but don't discourage others who love their FitBits and the communities they have built around them.

CHECK OUT THESE EASY TRAINING TIPS FOR WALKING!

  • Even when you walk you have to pick the right shoes and I love shoes, especially the "sneaker kind"! But seriously, your shoes should be sturdy, well-cushioned and supportive. Talk to a foot specialist and find out if your feet are flat, normal or if the arches are too high. This will determine what type of walking shoes you will need to be fitted for.
  • Your walking shoes should a size and a half bigger than your regular working shoes. This will allow room for your feet to move and adjust when walking/running along various surfaces. 
  • Your gait includes your pace, stride, step and bearing. It's important to make sure each step is comfortable, you move at your own pace and your stride is not too short or wide.
  • Your posture is extremely important as well. Standing up straight with your shoulders back and down, chest out, as well as your hips, knees and toes facing forward is the key to prevent injury or strain to your body.
  • Try not to carry heavy bags or weighted objects that will offset your posture or stride.
  • 10,000 steps a day equals 5 miles, as well as stronger legs, heart and healthier lifestyle. Be the first to challenge your family, friends and co-workers. Get people moving with you to accomplish your goals.  REMEMBER, if you don't hit 10,000 steps in a day, the world will not end!