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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Tips For Tackling Hills

Walking today on showshoes!

Day 7  Minds In Motion Initiative 
 30 Day Walk30 Challenge
It was a beautiful day today and even better when you are doing something active. Today was my first time on snowshoes and it is a workout! There were some hills to climb and it brought to mind some of the basics for walking hills  ...
Things to keep in mind when walking up hills:
- lift your head and look to the top of the hill as you move ... this provides the illusion that the hill is not as steep
- keep your lean (into the hill) to a minimum
- leaning forward too far or back will put added pressure on your spine
- keep your posture tall as you walk up the hill ... upper torso over the hips and hips over the knees
- knees should be slightly bent
- shorten your stride ... a long stride will act as a brake on an incline
- for a great cardio interval workout ... power up hills and recover downhill
Walking downhill remember:
- take it easy ... walking downhill is stressful for the knees
- keep your posture tall and lean very slightly forward
- let gravity assist you ... feel your heart rate recover ... breathing will slow down
- keep knees slightly bent
Get ready for the next hill repeat!
Now we are off to the hills to walk30 ... or more.
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Walk with us in support of mental health on May 10th in the MIMI K W Walking Classic for more information and registration at www.mimiwalks.com
Walk On Strong,


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