These words "Put pep in your step and pride in your stride" came from the immortal Steve Reeves. There is my attached image of my autographed photo of him with Gordon Scott. Both legends in bodybuilding AND in muscle movies! Also a couple of great all around guys!
What a lot of people may not realize is that HE was the inventor of Power Walking! He actually stumbled upon it by accident. In his book "Building The Classic Physique" he spoke of how he and some other friends were horseback riding and for 10 minutes out of each hour, they would walk beside the horses. Steve had trouble keeping up with his horse, Banner, who he had trained to walk fast. So in order to keep up, he did three things.
1) Lengthen the stride
2) Breathe rhythmically (similar to Qigong breathing. He didn't know Qigong in the classical sense, but he understood it on some level!)
3) Swinging the arms in larger motions
When it was all said and done, he realized that all his friends were a good quarter of a mile behind him and Banner! He also realized that he'd just gotten a great workout! From that moment, power walking was born!
Although the Rooted Qigong Walking which I practice is different, the end result is very similar. At the end of the day walking is one of the most natural movements that human beings can do. It is one of the 6 Primary Motions. I've spoken of them before, but for a recap, here they are again:
2) Bending (Deadlift or Forward Swing motion)
3) Upper Body Push
4) Upper Body Pull
5) Core Twist/Contraction
I always make sure to practice either Qigong Rooted Walking or Power Walking. Yes, even in these cold Canadian winters! It can be done with just your bodyweight or additional weight. I always just use bodyweight, but it's a personal preference. If you're not sure how to incorporate it, I'd say to really look at your schedule and see where you can squeeze it in. Here's something to try. Print out an expanded calendar (one where you have plenty of room for notes for each day) and write down in detail EVERY TIME YOU START YOUR CAR! Picking up the kids from school, grocery shopping, etc. NOW, look at all of them and honestly try to see how many potential walks there are. Probably a lot more than you realize!
Remember, you don't need to make a big production out of it. Walking is one of the most natural movements we can do. Just get out and start doing it!
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