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Are you walking properly?

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Walking is something we take for granted, but could your daily walk be doing you more harm than good? America Now Wellness Expert Peggy Hall tells us the danger signs to look out for and how to fix them.

Danger #1: Walking with your feet turning out to the sides.

"This can lead to back pain because it throws your hips out of alignment," Peggy explains. Instead, she recommends that you point your feet straight ahead as you walk. Aim to keep your feet about hip-width apart and try not to let your toes turn out as you walk. 

Danger #2: Letting your head reach forward with your chin dropped to chest.

"Many people walk this way because they're looking at the ground to scan for  obstacles that might cause them to trip. This strains your neck and throws your spine out of alignment," Peggy says. Instead, align the back of your head over your upper back. Keep your chin parallel to the ground. Peggy recommends that you gaze ahead with your eyes so you can see any obstacles on your path, without dropping your head.

Danger #3: Slumping shoulders.

"A lot of people walk with their palms facing behind them," Peggy explains. "This rounds your shoulders forward, collapses your chest and prevents deep breathing." Instead, Peggy says to turn your palms face front and swing your arms from the armpit. This opens your chest and ribcage, increasing oxygen and energy! 

Remember to breathe deeply, smile and enjoy all the mind and body benefits of taking a stroll.

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