Hello My Friends. Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a smooth start to your week. We had a grand morning this morning. We have a little over a week before school starts and life gets busy again so we took advantage of the opportunity to sleep in. After our extended snuggle period, we got our lazy bones dressed and headed out for a walk. The leaves are starting to fall and a few of them have found their way to the ground. The sun was out today, but I noticed the air is a little crisper. The best part was we went for a walk with friends. We are fortunate that we have a family near by with boys my son's age. They have so much fun together. We walked 2.85 miles at the boys' pace. You should have seen us mommies pushing our stroller up the great big hill. It is hard to walk up it by ourselves, but fill the strollers up with babies and you huff and puff or sure. We were quite a sight.
It is always fun when we get together, and today, our favorite horse was out in the pasture. She came as close as she could to the fence and we practically had to peel the boys away from their little perch. They would have much rather stayed and talked with her all day, but we had a walk to complete and other sights to see like the blackberries that are still ripening and the bunnies who were also out to play. We even met a new mom today. I think she may come with us tomorrow. She has children around the same age too so it will be quite the adventure. Maybe we will have a picnic lunch like we did today. A walk, a play date, and a picnic. Sounds like fun to me, especially if there are babies to snuggle.
So far we have made it 4 days in a row. We have 361 to go, and I don't know about you, but I had to do a little extra stretching today. We have a long road ahead of us and it is important that we protect our bodies from injuries. I believe one of the best places to start is with proper walking form. I know we started walking around age one and have been ever since, but there is actually a technique to walking, one that puts the less stress on your body and allows you to walk quickly and efficiently.
One article I particularly like is from Walkingconnection.com. (Please see http://walkingconnection.com/fitness-walking-technique-and-form/ for the full article).
It is suggested that we should focus on these four techniques:
1. Posture: Stand Tall, Walk Tall. Comfortably stand straight so that you spine is elongated in such a way that you should be able to draw an imaginary line from you ear to your shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle.
2. Keep Your Head Up: Try to keep you chin parallel to the ground and your eyes facing forward. Try to focus on things 12 to 20 feel in front of you. If you need to look down at things closer to you or things on the ground, try to only use your eyes, not your whole head.
3. Swinging your arms: Your arms should be bend at a 90 degree angle at the elbows and swing naturally at waist level as you walk. Try to avoid excess tension by keeping your arms and hands relaxed.
4. Stride: This may take some practice, but you will get it. As you walk focus on where and how your feet land. Your feel placement should be in front of you as if you are walking in a straight line. (I think of how models walk on the runway as if one leg is swinging directly in front of the other.) As you walk, you should land on the heel of your foot and roll forward onto your toes as you propel yourself forward. Heel, toe, heel, toe. You got it! This may take flexibility and time. Stretching and practice will help!
You got it! Let's give this a try tomorrow and see how we do. I bet we will feel less strain on our muscles and improve our walking time. Let me know if it helped!
Have a great day my friends. See you soon!
Hi there! Welcome to Grace In A Glass. My name is Danielle and I am so happy that you are visiting this site today. We all have something in life that we are working to overcome. I began blogging about my struggle with overcoming Esophageal Dysmotility and Crohn's Disease with the hope of reaching others with words of encouragement and hope. Thank you for letting me share my stories with you, and hope you have the most wonderful day!