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How to Walk - Walking Posture

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Updated May 30, 2014

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How you hold your body is important to walking comfortably and easily. With good posture, you will be able to breathe easier and you will avoid back pain.

  • Stand up straight.
     
  • Think of being a tall and straight. Do not arch your back.
     
  • Do not lean forward or lean back. Leaning puts strain on the back muscles.
     
  • Eyes forward, not looking down, rather looking 20 feet ahead.
     
  • Chin up (parallel to the ground). This reduces strain on neck and back.
     
  • Shrug once and let your shoulders fall and relax, your shoulders slightly back.
     
  • Suck in your stomach.
     
  • Tuck in your behind and rotate your hip forward slightly. This will keep you from arching your back.

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