You are on the trip of a lifetime. As you walk through the streets of a city you have dreamt about visiting for a very long time, you feel a pain. And then another. And, finally, you realize that your improper walking posture has finally caught up with you. Luckily this isn’t real life.
If you are planning on traveling somewhere that will include a lot of walking, you need to practice now. Prepare yourself for your trip so that it doesn’t end in disappointment. There are easy ways to make sure your body is as ready as your mind for your travels. There are three main ideas that you should focus upon.
An online medical provider writes the following about posture, “Your posture is the root of stabilization. Fixing your posture does so much more than ease the body from the impact of walking. It improves blood flow, prevents musculoskeletal pain, and makes proper breathing easier.”
Proper walking posture should be practiced throughout the day. Your shoulders should be rolled back and your head should be up in a relaxed manner. Keep your hips square over your feet and your behind tucked. Keep your head parallel to the ground and don’t look at your feet. Also, improve your core strength as you prepare for your trip.
It takes about three weeks to break an old habit and replace it with a new one. Plan to practice for at least that long before your trip. Ask your friends and family to help you remember to stand up straight. Doing this throughout the day will help you remember to practice on your walks. And, when you are out walking, just make sure you monitor your posture at least every twenty minutes or so.
One popular newspaper reports that walking tours must be prepared for. “For Progressive Travels tours, seven to 12 miles a day is the average covered, Parisot said. And this can be accomplished by most reasonably fit people with a little bit of training, experts said. Travelers heading for a walking vacation are encouraged to walk three or four times a week at least three or four months before a trip, said Cindy Maynard of Country Walkers.
Make sure you have good walking shoes. Online reporting from a well-known medical school says that basic walking shoes should be comfortable and fit your feet correctly. This will help prevent blisters and calluses. that are comfortable and fit your feet can help prevent injuries such as blisters and calluses. A walking shoe should also be fairly lightweight and provide good shock absorption. Each person has different requirements for their shoes. We all have very different feet. You will need to purchase shoes that support your feet and your needs.
With a little preparation, your walking tour can be a success. You can see what you’ve dreamt of seeing. You will enjoy your trip and your mind and body will both be happy.