Shoulders Relaxed, Abdominals Engaged!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
I have earned the dubious distinction of being able to walk with my shoulders relaxed and my abdominals engaged. Now, this may not seem like much to you, but achieving this has been my obsession for the last four months.
I blame this all on Coach Nicole. I was reading one of her blogs or articles and she mentioned that when walking, your shoulders should be relaxed and your abdominals engaged. Right. So I tried it. I literally laughed myself right off the treadmill. All I could think was, I really can't walk and chew gum!
So, every time I got on the treadmill I would get to a point where I would consciously consider my stance--was I leaning forward or back; my gait--was I limping, were my strides too long; my step--was my heel touching down softly and was I pushing off with my toes? Then I would check to make sure my shoulders were back, down, and relaxed. And last, but certainly not least, were my abdominals engaged?! See, I told you I was obsessed.
Perhaps, I thought, it's like patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time. But, no. Finally, I did it! I went through my whole neurotic list and got to the end and. . .my abdominals were engaged. Yes!
What can I say, it keeps me motivated. Just keep walking! Engage!