Walking Stride Mistakes
If you’re not walking properly you could be creating excessive wear and tear on your joints and end up with tendonitis or even arthritic conditions.
Overstriding: If you try to take larger steps to increase your walking speed you could injury your feet, ankles and hips.
Worn Shoes: Shoes with worn soles will lead to tendonitis and other leg problems so be sure to buy a good pair of walking shoes.
No Arm swinging motion: walking with your arms stiff and unnaturally creates tension and impedes normal weight transfer.
Leaning: leaning too far forward puts pressure on the calves and shins and could cause shin splints, a painful irritation and swelling, and foot problems. Normal stance should be near vertical and not forced. Try to maintain a more vertical balance. It may take to get used to, but your body will appreciate it.
Head down: keep your head level and your eyes ahead. Looking downward as you walk makes you lose awareness of your surroundings and puts strain on your neck.
Walking too far: Walking farther than you’re physically prepared for, puts strain on your feet and legs and can lead to injury. Use pedometers to gauge your walking distance and stay within an appropriate distance range for each day, week and month. Nice steady improvement is what you want.