HOW TO WALK EFFORTLESSLY: CORRECT WALKING TECHNIQUE
- BAD MOVE: Heel-pounding Walk
This pattern of walking is characterized by a heavy heel/foot strike. It tends to send increased shock waves up the leg that can put stress on any of the pelvic or spinal joints. This kind of walking is probably a habit, and it’s usually more exaggerated when you are in a hurry, angry, barefoot, or wearing flat shoes with dense, hard heels or spike high heels.
- GOOD MOVE: Impose a smooth, efficient landing of your Heel and Foor as you walk
Think about landing quietly, smoothly, and efficiently. This will cause you to use more muscle control in your feet and legs, and a smoother carriage will result. Make sure that your shoes are not contributing to your pounding (for example, shoes with solid, dense heels or insoles that offer little shock absorption). Better shoes or a pair of cushion insoles will probably help.
However, the most important thing is to make sure you reduce the degree of pounding by simply thinking about landing more smoothly, quietly, and softly.As you improve your ability to land softly, you can walk as swiftly as you wish.
- BAD MOVE: Stress Walking
Stress walking typically includes fast, choppy walking with the head and trunk held relatively down and forward. Your facial expression (frowning, clenching the jaw, etc) usually indicates that things are not going well. Muscle tension is usually significantly increased around your typical pain areas. This pattern of walking is akin to straining while on the toilet.
- GOOD MOVE: Mellow Walking
Try to imagine that everything is okay. Allow your stride to slow down and lengthen, letting momentum rather than tension carry you ahead.
Allow the head and trunk to be relatively upright in order to improve your ventilation. Change your facial expression to what you want to be feeling (happy, confident, tranquil, etc.). Concentrate on moving symmetrically and in good alignment-release tension and “bad vibes” through easy movement, exhalation, and positive images.