Attention Walkers: Get Loose!
Author: Shannon Miller
You’ve heard the expression: “these muscles were made for walking,” right? OK, maybe I modified it a little, but in any case, to keep your walking muscles loose, you need to stretch.
Do the following stretches after your warm up and again after your cool down.
Side Reach – Extend one arm over your head and reach for the other side. Hold this pose for 10 seconds and then stretch your other arm.
Wall Push – Put your hands up against a wall, while keeping your feet 3 to 4 feet away from the wall. Bend 1 knee, pointing it toward the wall. Keep your back leg straight with your foot flat and pointing toward the wall. Hold this pose for 10 seconds and then stretch your other leg.
Knee Pull – Begin by leaning your back against a wall. Ensure that your head, hips, and feet are in a straight line. Pull one knee toward your chest. Hold this pose for 10 seconds and then repeat with your other leg.
Leg Curl – Pull one of your feet up toward your buttocks. Keep your bent knee pointed downward. Hold this pose for 10 seconds and then repeat with your other leg.
Hamstring Stretch – Sit on a hard surface and extend one leg out in front of you with your toes pointing up. Keep your other foot flat on the ground. Straighten your back and reach for your foot that is straight in front of you until you feel a stretch in the back of your thigh. Hold the pose for 10 seconds and then stretch your other leg.
Walking has many benefits including helping you to:
- have more energy,
- de-stress, lose weight,
- decrease your chances of developing diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension.*
TIP: If you’re not already a walker, maybe now you’ll consider becoming one. And when you do, don’t forget about your stretches!
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