Simple Marching Has Big Rewards
You don’t need a marching band to help you walk tall. High knee marching loosens your back and legs, gets your blood pumping and builds a more stable walk over time. Done regularly, it is a simple exercise that has big rewards — less pain, more endurance and the ability to keep doing the everyday things you like to do. You will have more strength and energy when you march consistently.
Why is Marching Important?
When you sit for long periods of time, your hamstrings — the long muscles that intersect your hips and knees — tighten. Tight hamstrings pull on your back, making you more likely to injure yourself when lifting kids or groceries. Moving every day helps keep you limber for day-to-day life.
Tight hamstrings also impact your stride. You won’t be able to lift your feet as well, and dragging feet are more likely to cause trips and falls. And if you fall, your stiff muscles won’t bounce back quickly. Instead, they can pull or tear, causing weakness, pain and making movement difficult to impossible.
The Battle Against Daily Fatigue
High knee marching is a simple way to get your heart rate up, blood pumping and move energizing oxygen throughout your body. Regular exercise is your greatest weapon in the battle against daily fatigue. You don’t need to exercise for hours a day, or in a gym, to see the results of your efforts. Even if you are tired, 10 minutes of exercise is substantially better than doing nothing, says the non-profit American Council on Exercise. Commit yourself to getting off the couch, starting slow and marching high. You’ll be surprised at how quickly it puts pep in your step.
High knee marching is a simple way to get your heart rate up, blood pumping and move energizing oxygen throughout your body. Regular exercise is your greatest weapon in the battle against daily fatigue.
Be Proactive and Stay Strong
As you get older, your muscles shrink. This is called muscle atrophy, and it can impact your ability to perform even simple tasks, like bending down to tie your shoes, carrying a watering can to water plants, lifting grandchildren or packages or easily getting up and down from the floor.