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As devastating as Covid has been on our lives, one positive side effect is that it’s gotten people outside and WALKING! Not only is walking a great stress-reducer, but it also helps maintain bone density as it is a weight-bearing exercise.

My recommendation is a DAILY walk. YES! A walk every day. I usually walk for about an hour, and even though it’s been almost a year since my total hip replacement, I’m still pretty slow. I’ve worn a Fitbit for a few years now and it helps keep me on track. Last year I was all about the 10,000 steps a day, but of course after my surgery that had to be adjusted. Once I got the go-ahead from my surgeon to start walking again, I gradually increased my walking time and distance, which gradually increased my daily step count. If you’re just beginning a walking routine, I recommend also starting out slowly at first.

Although walking has significant benefits, like any repetitive movement it can take a toll on our bodies. Many of my clients have been walking 2-4 miles daily but also complaining about tight and sore muscles. Because so many people were voicing their concerns, I decided to put this stretching routine together that specifically targets the muscles that are used when walking—the quadriceps, hamstrings, adductors, glutes, and the tibialis anterior muscle on the front of the lower leg.

Rather than describing these stretches in written form or searching for other people’s videos to demonstrate what I wanted, I just decided to make my own video. It’s the VERY FIRST video I’ve ever put on YouTube, so be kind. And if you want to REALLY help me out, go ahead and hit SHARE and post it on your Facebook page!  I’ve had lots of requests over the years to make videos, so I thought I’d start building my own body of work.

I wanted this stretching routine to be easy to understand and short.  Most people just don’t want to get down on the floor and stretch for 45 minutes, but 10-15 minutes?  That’s doable, especially if it will alleviate some aches and pain.

Click HERE to view my “Stretches for Walkers” video, and I’d appreciate it if you’d LIKE, SHARE, and SUBSCRIBE to my new YouTube channel!

HI, I'M CANDACE!

I am a science-based wellness coach with over 30 years of experience specializing in helping people 40+ reduce pain using corrective exercise therapy, get stronger through smart fitness programs, and increase energy and vitality through sustainable nutrition.

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