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Walk It Off: Re-Energize Your Routine

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Perfect Posture

Standing up straight while you walk engages your abdominal muscles and helps you burn even more calories, says Reames. Follow these steps to better posture:

  • Look straight ahead.
  • Keep your shoulders down and back.
  • Turn your chest toward the sky.
  • Bend your elbows to 90 degrees and relax your hands.
  • Draw your navel into your spine.

In addition to making your appearance taller and leaner, proper alignment also helps prevent any aches and pains you may experience during exercise.

Tip: When you increase your walking speed, concentrate on making your steps faster, not lengthening your stride.

Originally published in the July 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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