Being short doesn’t have to slow you down: At the 2008 Olympics, 5’2.5″ Olga Kaniskina of Russia beat out Norway’s 5’8″ Kjersti Plätzer for the gold in the women’s 20k race walk.*
I am not the shortest person; but, I am definitely not the tallest person, either. Therefore, I speak from a lifetime of experience of walking with people up to a foot taller than me, or more, along with people who can be a foot or two shorter than me, or more. Or should I say, children? We know how fast children like to walk… or … run. 🙂
Be careful when placing your bets; because, height does not always determine the faster walker. Yes, stride length plays a huge part; but, so does flexibility, strength and cardiovascular capacity.
So, take care of your body and you just may show up your favorite athlete at a race or your favorite cousin at the next family picnic.
Yes, rowing works your back along with other muscles needed to row a boat, lift your child, pick up groceries, keep the wood pile loaded, pull weeds from your garden, open a door, water-ski, etc. Any and all pulling moves will pull in your back muscles. (pun intended) 🙂
In order to gain and maintain your proper posture, you need to stay in balance which means you want to get a posture check so you know exactly what you need to do for optimal performance and a happy, healthy you.
Please be sure to work with your professional allied health care provider: doctor, therapist, trainer, for your customized program to remain safe and healthy.
I hope you have been following the “May Is Posture Month” advice with me and incorporating these tips into your healthy lifestyle.
We have a bonus five weeks this May; so, please be sure to take advantage of your extra fifth posture tip coming next week.
Please remember to do your personal chest stretches recommended for you for best results. We see the results of general information; therefore, please be sure to find out what you need to do for your specific situation.
Stretching out your chest area will help you to maintain proper posture throughout your day.
Check with your doctor, physical therapist, personal trainer or other allied health team member to find out which chest stretches are best for you.