by Pamela Kihm
Walking doesn’t have to be an uphill struggle! Each 'Step" of this book teaches you to walk with greater comfort and power.Within the pages of Walking: Nature’s Perfect Exercise you will find guidance, and exercises to help you walk more efficiently - whether you are crossing the street, going up and down stairs, or hiking on trails.
Through this eight step program, you will learn how to achieve greater comfort and ease in walking by making simple postural changes, work with gravity instead of struggling against it, and apply the dynamics of walking to various terrains and surfaces.
All of Pamela Kihm's books in the Pain Free Choices series, including Walking: Nature's Most Perfect Exercise, are based on the work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. With degrees in engineering as well as physics, Moshe Feldenkrais was a genius at understanding and teaching biomechanics/skeletal engineering. When your skeleton is well organized, your muscles work more efficiently to help you move powerfully.
How simple postural changes while walking can make a big difference in the comfort and ease of your walking
How following your skeletal blueprint allows your muscles to cooperate with less effort
How your shoulder blades can help your legs walk
How to work with gravity instead of fighting gravity while climbing stairs
The true job description for your feet specific to walking
Suggestions for walking with a walker or with a cane
Advice for hiking with a heavy backpack and/or hiking poles
How to warm-up and cool-down in ways that enhance walking
Rainy day substitute exercises for when you don't want to walk outside or drive to an indoor track or mall