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Using Your Arms to Get the Most Out of Walking

Walking is the perfect start to a healthy lifestyle. It is simple to do and requires very little, if any, extra equipment. A pair of decent sneakers and comfortable, breathable clothing is really all you need to get started. You can start at your own pace and increase the intensity when you are ready. It is perfect for beginners.

Using Your Arms

Proper positioning of your arms can make a huge difference in the quality of your walking workout. It can burn five to ten percent more calories. It also helps to keep your endurance up to walk a longer amount of time. There are just a couple of things to remember as you walk to make sure you get the most out of the effort you put into it.

Walking with your hands straight down can cause discomfort. The blood vessels in your hands expand and can cause a numbness and swelling. Often elevating your hands above your head for a few moments will aid in alleviating the discomfort. Also while walking, occasionally clasp your hands closed and then open them a few times to ensure proper blood flow.

Walking has a very low injury rate. Injuries do occasionally occur anytime you are exercising. Proper posture and using the correct stride will decrease the likeliness of many injuries. When walking correctly you are able to walk for a greater distance because your body doesn't get fatigued as easily. Using your arms in the correct way helps to burn calories and propel your body to a faster walk, which increases intensity. Practice makes perfect so next time you walk think about how you are using your arms to make your walking more efficient.

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