Walking is the most natural activity, everybody succeeds. We are not talking about who suffers from a disability, but those with healthy and perfectly functioning legs.
The handiest and one of the most healthy forms of physical movement. But incorrectly done, it not only does not result in any result. It may even create postural problems in the joints of the lower limbs and the skeleton in general.
What does it mean to walk, right?
Although simple, at hand, quite ordinary, walking has a rather complex dynamics. To be in vain, you have to follow some rules.
Although it seems, the practice itself involves other muscle groups besides the muscles of the legs. Simultaneously, it requires the whole body, from the plant of the foot to the buttocks, the pelvis, the lumbar, the arms, and the cervical.
How many people, so many walking styles. Every step in his own way, and it’s not always the right one.
Some go balancing or jogging even with running shoes, others rigid like robots.
Some more on the peaks, but without wearing heels or uncomfortable shoes, others pressing hard on heels.
Some move quickly as the wind and thought, others seem to be advancing.
The activity describes a correct movement when the spine (with the whole trunk) forms a perfectly vertical axis (falls perpendicular to the ground).
Instead, when there is joint pain or a back block, the style moves away from the right one. The back does not respect natural verticality but tends to move forward (bent trick), and the joints seem stiff.
The truth is that almost every time (and to anyone), there is something to correct.
But being a spontaneous act, it’s hard to change the style. But it can improve, intervening on external factors:
- Lean body mass.
- Walking device.
- Shoes, etc.
Walking is influenced by …
The way each step depends on a lot of variables.
- Body shape;
- Height and weight;
- Muscle strength;
- Genetic inheritance;
- Eventual injuries;
- Surface type;
- Other activities (sports, dances);
- Accessories from childhood (chairs, walking sticks, diapers, etc.);
- The type of shoes, etc.
All these variables, separately and together, condition the pattern of walking. Everything about the constitution (dimensions, structure, etc.) influences the posture and the overall position of the body (not necessarily correct). Here there may be some deficiencies (injuries, injuries, disorders).
Analyzing the dynamics of the movement, people can figure out what their pluses (and minuses) are. And they can adopt a more natural position, so there will be no overloading points.
If there are no mistakes, if done in optimal conditions, walking in all its forms can offer many benefits, from stress relieving, improving sexual life, and controlling diabetes.
Walking and it’s secrets
What to do to circumvent the small traps in which many fall (when executed incorrectly)? To really make a beautiful leg? Do not stand with a back suffering or a lot of crutches and basics on your feet?
1: First, walk!
Walk as much as you can. Do thousands of steps every day. In the house and especially outdoor. How? It’s easy to succeed.
First, give up on your car for short distances. It’s good and a bike. But do not help too much if the goal is to step with your own feet, touch the earth, grass, sand, wipe with dew, eat with semi-dry mud.
Give up the elevator. Do not even think, no matter how tired your feet feel. Then choose the most tricky route through the park, the longest mountain trail, etc.
2: Diversify the surfaces!
The non-Parthian ancestors were walking right. Unlike them (who do not ride on flat surfaces without obstacles), modern man is not lucky. It passes too much on artificial surfaces (most of the planes), so they have lost from articular mobility.
With the body stiffer as soon as it reaches its sole on an abseil or in a pit, it increases the chances of injury. It usually blames the land imperfections, not the lack of practice or the forgetting of some abilities.
The more the foot is used to move in multiple planes, the less ankle is required.
On the other hand, the more inclined the ground, the more muscle groups are activated. The more trained will be the components of the locomotor system (ankles and knees, calf and thigh muscles, basin).
3: Adjust the step!
One of the great dilemmas relates to the rhythm. Is it good at any speed, or is it important just to happen? Is it true that the rhythm is making the difference?
Valid is the last option. Speed makes a difference. Especially if you “hunt” and the benefits of the activity. But here too, things can take 2 horses: walking fast versus ride.
The first option means somewhere at 100-120 steps per minute. Then think about its derivations.
It can be Nordic Walking, where telescopic sticks are essential. It can also be about fit walking, a style that helps the physical form (it is based on sustained rhythm and synchronous movement, but the alternation of the upper and lower limbs).
Each activity is accompanied by specific benefits.
But it is also possible to weigh the rhythm and walk with bare feet, as did the first people who inhabited the continents. They were not running. He walked normally and fairly, with a low moving pace toward the environment.
Slower walking also has advantages by allowing direct contact with the soil, awakening from numbness some senses and functions that you do not even know existed.
4: Try the bare feet!
“In the book Earthing by Clint Ober, Dr. Stephen Sinatra MD, and Martin Zucker, the authors explain that “…the biological clock of the body needs to be continually calibrated by the pulse of the Earth that governs the circadian rhythms of all life on the planet.”
As I said in the previous paragraph, walking in bare feet comes packed with another series of surprising positive effects:
- Favors well-being (stimulates endorphins);
- Improves blood and lymph circulation;
- It acts favorably on sleep;
- Corrects postural problems;
- Relaxes tired legs, etc.
On a natural ground (land, grass, sand) is even better. But considerable attention should be paid to protect your feet.
In the open air, keep an eye on the peculiar pebbles, the plants and the grass (the same can damage the skin) and especially the insects. It’s only their season, the most horrible encounters being with ticks, hornets, and bees.
But you can not miss the extraordinary pleasure of giving up some moments on mountain boots, freeing your legs from sweaty socks and cooling your soles. What a relief! Just by trying to understand …
5: Choose the Right Shoes!
It’s at least as banal as the first one (first of all, walk). But it can not be ignored just because many adventurers ignore it. I’m over. I call it “step.”
Yes, he understands that his business is given a certain typology of shoes. So in case of running, it is advisable to hide variants that are compatible with the frequency of the runners, their duration, the level of training, the experience, etc.