Mar. 9th, 2015

Walk it out

Mar. 9th, 2015 09:35 am
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One of the things I've been working on for years is walking/gait mindfulness. During my rolfing sessions with Risa Kern at Kinetikos, she periodically evaluated my gait and standing stance. She taught me to drive my forward momentum from my posterior chain and think about how/where I was placing my feet. Walking should be an even forward motion of propulsion, not a series of arrested forward falls. Many people's gaits are driven by their quads and their feet aren't involved any more than acting as the thing that keeps them from falling on their face. This Breaking Muscle article is mostly about how to fall safely, but it has a section on good walking habits, too.

Walking is so good for us, especially for those of us who spend a huge portion of our lives in front of a computer--either seated or standing. Remember, kids, switching to a habit of standing for eight hours a day isn't a great improvement over sitting for eight hours a day. Both wreak havoc on your body. Switch it up every hour or so and try walking around for a least a few minutes every hour. But if you're actively doing damage to your body while you're walking, that's not so great, either. Learning how to walk again is frustrating and yeah, it takes a long time. I still fall back into old (bad) habits once in a while, but I find keeping a mindful attitude toward my body while I'm walking to be more enjoyable than just plodding along unconsciously.

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