If you suffer from over pronation or underpronation or any kind of gait related problems, what are you going to do about it? How are you going to rectify it so that you don’t face any more problems and issues with your joints and bones in the future? You should be aware of a few things that you can do to improve your gait. They will positively impact your walking technique and alleviate you of all your muscle and joint pains and misalignments. It is not just going to improve your stance and posture while you walk but also boost your self confidence. You can enjoy your life and the beautiful scenery around and also participate in activities with your friends and family which you always thought to be out of your reach because of your wrong walking technique.
There will be no more slouching and dangling of your arms by your side and no more abnormally high lifting of your feet. You will be walking like a normal human being and without causing your joints and muscles any pain or soreness in any way. Walking correctly is very important to improving your balance. It can work wonders to lift your mood and also prevent many serious illnesses. Did you know that it is often linked to heart diseases and high blood pressure as well?
Effect Of Ageing On Your Walk
Do you know how people develop a slouching stance as they grow old? It is because of their incorrect walk patterns and this leads to them being all slouched and dragging their feet while they walk. They also end up twisting their body more than they need to and that further leads to back pain, serious discomfort, stiffness and injury. You need to focus on breaking this habit and fixing your walking technique. For this you will have to do the following.
Remember The Basic Walking Pattern Which Is First Heel, Then Toe
Majority of people just don’t understand this very basic and simple walking technique and end up applying more pressure on their toes. Don’t forget to practice the proper stepping method by stepping first onto your heel, then roll forward onto the ball of your foot, now pause for a second to understand the position. Now lift your heel off the ground. Now plant it forward in the same way (on your heel). This prevents foot injury and any stress from reaching your ankle, and will also help you keep the right balance and stability.
What Is Your Posture?
- Always look forward and never put your head or shoulder down
- Walk upright and keep your back straight
- Tighten your stomach muscles and stretch up
- Relax your neck, shoulders and back
- Let your arms swing naturally with a slight bend
- Let your hips shift slightly
- Never let them fully rotate to the side
Discover Your Stride
Everyone is born with their own natural style and gait and that translates into their own unique stride. Let this come naturally to you when you practice the above mentioned guidelines for walking and maintaining the right posture. Don’t try to attempt an unusual stride or you will end up straining your muscles. When trying to increase your speed, you should take more steps per minute. This also helps prevent injury. Also make sure that you consult your physician while making these changes in your gait cycle and walk patterns because all this can highly impact your spine. Ask him what to do so that it remains healthy and functional and can support you for years to come.
Invest In Proper Shoes
You will have to buy the right shoes and supportive insoles or orthotics to get the right stride and foot fall. Try lighter shoes and softer fittings before and then move on to more advanced systems as you get used to them. A correctly and more appropriately designed shoe bottom and/or insole can help improve your gait rather significantly.