Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Power Walk Tips from Personal Trainer Jennifer Thomas

Jennifer Thomas is a Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Coach in Vancouver who is a strong supporter of the Dress for Success Power Walk. Check out Jennifer’s tips for all of the Power Walkers on May 11th

1. Use good posture by walking tall. The perfect walking posture includes:
  • Holding your head high
  • Keeping your eyes forward and not directed to the ground
  • Moving your shoulders freely and keeping your chin parallel to the ground
  • Keeping your back straight while gently tightening your stomach muscles
  • Swinging your arms freely and maintaining a slight bend in your elbows
  • Walking smoothly while rolling your foot from heel to toe

2. Stay hydrated and healthy. The three most important reasons to drink water include:
It prevents you from consuming empty calories: Drinking water makes you feel full for longer, keeping your body hydrated and preventing you from consuming empty calories from drinking other beverages.

Contributes to a healthier you: Drinking water helps to improve your overall health. It helps to flush toxins from the body that may harm you and aids in your digestion/food absorption process.

Keeps Your Body Hydrated: When your thirst mechanism kicks in, your body is telling you that you are already dehydrated. Chronic dehydration can cause many medical complications such as migraine headaches, allergies, asthma and hypertension. Water helps to cushion your joints and aids in protecting your vital organs and tissues.

3. A personalized strength-training program combined with regular walking will ensure optimal health. Three key benefits of strength-training include:
Increases your metabolism which means your body burns more calories even while it’s resting
Improves bone density and decreases the risk of osteoporosis
Develops strength around the joints to help prevent injuries like ankle sprains.

4. Finding the right shoe for you!
Having a running or walking shoe that fits you correctly is essential in preventing injuries and is also very important to your overall training enjoyment. I always recommend taking the time to get properly fitted for the right shoe and stores such as the Running Room are a great place to get started. They will take the time to listen to what you are looking for, conduct a foot examination, help with the selection process and let you know when it’s time to buy a new pair.

5. It’s always important to stretch both before and after your run.
For a more detailed stretch program email Jennifer at

Jennifer has a dynamic and functional training style and helps her clients achieve the best results by applying a holistic approach to health and fitness. She has generously donated a one-hour consultation & four one-hour personal training sessions to the 2013 Power Walk! 

For a chance to win this amazing prize, register for the upcoming Power Walk on May 11th and join us at the after-party in the Oakridge Mall Auditorium. 

Learn more about Jennifer Thomas Personal Training and Lifestyle Coaching here!

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