Stretch for Before and After Walking
You may be eager to get started on your walk – perhaps the weather’s inviting or you have chores to hurry back to – but taking the time for before and after stretches for your walking should be a priority.
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Start by warming up for a few minutes – try walking slowly and gently swinging your arms – and then follow up by doing these stretches for walking, says Shannon Mescher, an exercise physiologist and Arthritis Foundation consultant. Try to hold each position (rather than bouncing) for 10 to 60 seconds, or after you feel a gentle stretch or tension. Hold onto a chair, light pole or other stable object for balance.
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