Well-Being And Health: Five Ways To Walk

You already know the real impact of walking on well-being and health. But did you know that certain practices can further increase these benefits on certain parts of the body? From Nordic walking to walking in water, here are 5 ways to walk differently.

#1 Nordic walking, the most tonic

Nordic walking what is it?

It is practiced with specially designed poles. Nordic walking poles point backward to propel the body forward, rather than standing vertically in front of the body as a conventional hike. It is the movement of the arms that will serve to propel yourself forward.

What muscles are required?

Unlike traditional walking, which mainly uses the lower limbs, the use of Nordic walking poles promotes the muscular development of the upper parts of the body. Nordic walking works the muscles of the shoulders, arms and abs as much as the gluteal muscles and thigh muscles!

It also helps develop flexibility, balance and coordination between the arms and legs.

And the benefits of this type of walk does not stop there! We will also note with this walk:

• Improving cardiac capabilities
• Strengthening bones as they are fortified by the vibrations of the stick plant
• Increased breathing and oxygenation up to 60% more than conventional walking
• Weight loss because involving all the muscle chains of the body, Nordic walking significantly increases energy expenditure, up to 40% compared to traditional walking

Where to practice?

Nordic walking has followers of all ages. It is practiced outdoors, either in the city in the parks or at the countryside. The ideal route for a Nordic walk should be as natural as possible and include some unevenness.

#2 Masai walk, for better posture

Masai walk what is it?

The Masai walk is practiced barefoot! In some parts of the world, people move barefoot on soft, regular ground. This is the case of the Masai tribes of East Africa, whose “proud” and straight posture, perfectly aligned, can be admired.

What muscles are required?

The philosophy of the Masai walk is based on a physiological and correct approach. The specific movements of the foot are in the foreground. The foot works totally flexibly. This unwinding then causes an alignment of the vertebral column without constraint: the body is placed naturally and the posture stretches with elegance.

The practice of walking masai solicits unusual muscles, namely those of maintenance. The benefit of this practice is that it provides an additional curve.

Masai walking is more demanding of the back muscles, buttocks, abdominals’, and posterior muscles of the thigh than traditional walking. It also actively mobilizes joints more naturally than wearing shoes.

Renowned for its anti-heavy leg virtues, the Masai walk allows a stretching of the calf in the heart of the venous hunt, and the massage of the entire arch plantar.

Where to practice?

The best place to practice Masai walk barefoot is the beach and the seaside. It can also be practiced in town with specially designed sneakers (MBT). These shoes stimulate walking and standing on uneven ground, to which the body responds with intuitive movements of balance, mobilizing the muscles of wandering.

#3 The Afghan march, the most enduring

What is the Afghan march?

The Afghan march is based on the synchronization of steps and breathing, and a fast pace. Afghan caravans have always been known for their long stamina. Their way of walking has a real energizing potential. At the origin of the Afghan march is … the pace. There are three main ones, which should be adopted according to the person, the place or the moment.

What are its virtues?

The Afghan march has regenerative virtues. It makes it possible to make less effort for more endurance and more vitality thanks to the over-oxygenation and its energizing and euphoric action. Our body works better when we breathe better.

On a physical level, it is known to act on the metabolism, the cardiovascular function and the feeling of fatigue.

Behind the physical activity hides also a true philosophy, that of practicing walking in consciousness. The Afghan walk allows you to anchor in the ground every time you step on the ground. And by forcing to synchronize breathing and steps, it allows to fully live the present moment.

Where to practice?

It is practiced in the countryside on any terrain or in the city. Note, noises and agitation in the city can make this exercise more difficult because they hinder one to concentration to count his steps and synchronize his breathing.

#4 Xi Xi Hu (Qi Gong) walking, for vitality and emotional balance

What is Xi Xi Hu walking?

This is the Qi Gong of walking, there exist five variations. Xi is the inhalation, Hu is the exhalation. These steps are characterized by an attack of the ground by the heel, and call upon a breathing, a movement of the arms and hands specifically. The five steps have different rhythms and are practiced in the same session for at least 20 minutes (5 minutes per organ) respecting breath and intention.

What are its virtues?

Often used in traditional Chinese medicine, they are therapeutic walks. They stimulate the immune system. They are particularly used as a serious support for cancer, and for improving the emotional state that promotes healing.

Walking Xi Xi Hu regulates the activity of the 5 organs (lung, liver, spleen, heart, kidney). It activates the circulation of energy (Qi), allowing a deep purification of the body by chasing the emotional overflow.

The march is performed at medium speed and in a regular rhythm. The movements of Xi Xi Hu help relieve tension, tone the body and re-balance emotions and energies. The therapeutic walk is essentially a meditative walk.

Where to practice?

This walk can be practiced in parks or forests to enjoy landscapes and reconnect with oneself, others and nature.

#5 Walking in the water along the coast, gentle on the joints

The longside-coast what is it?

The longside-coast is halfway between hiking and water gymnastics. Coming from Dunkirk, it is simply walking in the sea, submerged to the waist or chest.

What muscles are required?

The longside-coast is a complete sport. Walking in the water brings the benefits of an endurance activity without weighing on the joints. The muscle tone is developed in depth because the muscles are more stressed than on the mainland. From the ankles to the neck, the silhouette is refined and toned.

Gentle, the cardiovascular system is strengthened and the venous return activated. The stability of the dowels is also improved by proprioception work due to the instability of the surface.

The organism is re-mineralized thanks to the iodine and the negative ions of the seaside and one relaunches the functions of the organism, just like in Thalassotherapy.

Where to practice?

The longside-coast is practiced outdoors and at sea. The longside-coast is practiced in all seasons, including in winter! To protect yourself from the cold, simply put on a neoprene suit.

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