Walk Your Way to Good Form
In today's tough economic times, one of the best ways to achieve and maintain a stress free mind is clearly exercise. One of the most prevalent, simple and safe aerobic exercises for all at any age is walking. It will help you strengthen your bones, control your weight, and condition your heart and lungs.
Like all other fitness regimes, walking also has its do’s and don’ts. Most of the time, we stumble across all types of walking workouts in which tips are offered on how to burn more calories, increase the speed of walking, what to carry along or even what to listen to. However, where is the workout which demonstrates how to walk properly in order to get the best out of your workout. Perhaps, the biggest motivational factor to walking is that just by practicing properly; one can burn more calories, get a more defined butt, hamstrings and overall posture as well as seeing faster results. Wouldn’t we all like to learn those tricks? Well, now is the time.
A powerhouse Latin fitness guru who has developed his very own “freeze” technique, Lalo Fuentes, continues to inspire and lead, with his consistent message, “take a second to connect”. A Los Angeles-based fitness professional, certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS), Fuentes has over 7 years experience in the industry under his belt and a new fitness DVD, Lalofit (lalofit.com).
Lalo offers the following tips and guidelines to the Ultimate Walking Workout.
“No matter what time of day or where you choose to walk, maintain a connection to your body. Keep your stomach engaged at all times… believe it or not, you use your core muscles on almost every single move that you make. So, KEEP IT TIGHT.”
Let’s suppose you’re walking on a treadmill at a speed of 3.2 and a 10% elevation. What is the most important question? Where do you feel this? If the answer is your calf muscles or even your shins, then you may want to follow these instructions.
Ø First, keep that treadmill at the same speed
Ø Walk as slow as you can.
Ø While stepping forward, place your heel first and make the traction come from there.
Ø Stride back as far as you can and squish your butt every time your leg reaches back.
Ø When that leg reaches back, push from the heel while squishing your butt.
Ø Move your hands back and forth.
Ø Keep your abs tight so your oblique muscles are working as well.
Ø Keep a rhythm with your breathing and movement.
This may seem like a lot of information to ingest for implementing a simple walking routine into your workout, but remember, after just a little practice, every time you go for a hike or just a stroll, the only thing you need to keep in mind is: HEEL/BUTT.
Enjoy your WALK and make those strides BIGGER than life!!!!