Week 4: A Better, Healthier You
Congrats on making it to week 4 of Walk with Ease in the Worksite! We encourage you to keep a daily or weekly walking log throughout the 6-week program to be able to reflect and improve your personal goals. You can log your minutes on the provided portal. We also encourage participants to use our other provided resources in order to get the most out of the Walk with Ease program. You should be proud of yourself for being committed to walking to a better, healthier you.
Portal Platform Basics:
Complete this process each week to track your progress
Goals for the week:
Incorporate stretching & strengthening into your walking
Developing and Maintaining Support:
You have a greater chance of keeping up your walking plan successfully if your friends, family, and co-workers support your efforts.
Watching Out for Physical Problems
Everyone, regardless of age, level of ability, or experience, should follow recommended guidelines for safety and comfort when exercising. Below are some things people sometimes do when they walk that can cause potential problems.
Over-striding - If your hair or hat bounces up and down when you walk, it's a good indication you are over-striding. Over-striding can increase impact and stress on your hips, knees, and feet.
- Solution - Try to glide along the ground and take shorter, more natural steps.
- Elbow Whipping - A good arm swing comes naturally from the shoulder, not up and down from the elbow.
- Solution - Avoid "whipping" the forearms up and down from a bent elbow. Avoid "rocking a baby" motion.
- Waist Leaning - An ache in your lower back after walking often is the result of tilting forward at the waist and letting your buttocks stick out. The lean should be focused from your ankles.
- Solution - To feel a difference in position, stand with your back against the wall and lean slightly forward while leaving your buttocks against the wall. After, stand with your back against the wall and then lean slightly forward from your ankles -- that's the proper forward lean.
- Slumping - Slumping puts pressure on your back and keeps you from breathing as deeply as you might.
- Solution - Keep your chest up, abdominal muscles in, and shoulders relaxed and down.
New scenery could be the factor in increasing your walking steps and staying motivated. Have you considered changing your walking route? Explore new areas of your town -- for example a new park or neighborhood. Expand your horizons, find a new walking path that could be a good and safe route for you.
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