|One of our favorite hills ... We were there tonight!|
Day 2 Hill training for walkersWe were out looking for hills tonight with our Walk On Strong training group. Everyone feels quite strong and accomplished when we finish doing hill repeats in a training session.
I thought I would outline a few pointers just in case you wanted to head for the hills on one of your walk30 days.
Hill Training Pointers for Walkers
- As you start uphill, shorten your stride. Take small steps with a rapid turnover.
- Focus on a consistent cadence ... get into a rhythm and keep it up until you crest the hill.
- Keep an upright posture your head, shoulders and back should form a straight line over the feet. Think about keeping your core strong just the way you always do when you walk.
- Use your arms to help pump you up that hill. Arms are bent at a 90 degree angle ... make a loose fist and move it from your hip to your heart.
- Use your triceps to pull your arm back then let it drift forward ... the pull back will help to propel you up the hill.
- Keep your head up and your eyes toward the crest of the hill.
- Remember to breath in the nose out the mouth in a rhythmic pattern ... in 2 3 4 ...out 2 3 4
- When you crest the hill keep going for a little while then turn and head down the hill
Be careful coming down the hill. You are more likely to experience injury from your downhill journey than your uphill climb
- Once again be sure to shorten your stride.
- Focus on good body posture, and a strong core.
- Stay in control and keep a steady pace ... remember gravity is your friend.
- AND ... Walk On Strong up and down those hills! Sue