Exercise walking aka biomechanically sound walking is actually a really good low impact exercise that done properly will tone your glutes and legs, and help build foot arch support. The problem lots of people run into is having rigid hips. Many women and men learn maintain a rigid bodies from a young age so as not to seem seductive or slutty. Not only is the idea of having relaxed hips blown out of proportion but hip rotation is necessary for a comfortable graceful walk that protects your joints and tones your body. Relaxed hips lend a confident walk which helps you feel confident.
Walking For Health
Its funny how as commonplace as walking is, how few people walk efficiently. Its funny that the same thing can be actually done so differently to either strengthen the body or tear it down: Shearing forces from improper weight distribution and sudden drops of bobbing bodies wear joints over time. Most Europeans dont worry about getting in their daily exercise Walking is it and they lots of it. Do they walk correctly? Probably a lot smaller percentage walks correctly. Your walk bespeaks how you view yourself in relation to those around you. Lets remember wise Chinese proverb: fake a smile and feel happy! Yes by working on your walk your confidence will soar, guaranteed! Did I say its not challenging? No
Healthy Hip Joints, Knees and Glutes
And everything else probably. Exercise walking is mindful walking that will turn into your everyday walk. practice daily at least a 5 minute session, and preferably videoptape yourself.
Shifting weight prep exercise:
1. start with feet side by side. Shift your hips over your left foot.
2. Now your right foot is weightless, so collapse the right knee and the right hip with it.
3.Dont lift either foot off the ground yet. Now transfer your hips over the right hip and let your left side collapse. By collapse I mean relax and chill. The movement is down and slightly forward. Feel it?
Keep practicing shifting weight in place from one foot to the other.
Now youre ready to
Break your walk into 3 steps:
1. Shift weight to the left
2. Collapse the right side(down and forward slightly) stay there basking in the glory of the aha moment eveytime you hit it and everytime you dont so that your brain totally gets it and does it right every time. Once you hit that collapse…
3. Follow thru with the collapse hip, shihc should now be rotating around the standing leg, throwing its leg forward like a sling shot. Its slow mo but just imagine what it would feel like if you went full speed without quick stops at each step.
Once your brain and body are rolling along with it, combine the shift of weight with the collapse on the weightless side. Its one motion now, so you have only two steps to worry about.
Get comfy with it. By the way these exercises dont necessarily have to be done all in one day. Its better to get one exercise right before you proceed. Yes its just walking, but it takes more diligence to unlearn something youve been doing since about 7 years of age. Im assuming a stereotypical trouble free, unreserved seven year old.
Throw in a 4th step once you execute those three(two) without too much thought.
This step consists of you again remembering that walking is a fluid not a stop motion movement actually, so your foot(and the whole body hovering right over it) lands by rolling quickly onto your arch from the heel striking the ground and continues to transfer its weight forward over the ball of your foot. This transfer to the ball of your foot happens just as your other side collapses and leaves your body feeling like tower of Pisa in Italy, only momentarily because your loose side(hip and then leg) will sling out to catch you) over and over again.
Hope I explained exercise walking clearly enough 🙂