02 Sep

Improve Your Walking Posture

Have you ever noticed how we walk? We are often on a mission, WalkerLeftor distracted, leaning our upper bodies forward. It’s obvious that we’re in a hurry, trying to do two things at once, or rushing to get some place more important. I know I catch myself doing it, and I sometimes remember to ask: Why am I rushing?

How do we slow down?

We can learn to slow down, and be in the moment, by changing our movement patterns. Instead of leaning forward, we can stand erect. We can bring our shoulders and our heads back over our hips so we stand tall. This allows our arms to swing naturally at our sides. We can also learn to place our feet gently on the Earth, as though we are gliding, rather than stomping through our daily routines or slamming our heels into the ground. Allowing the balls of the feet to take our impact can place more spring in our step.people-33483_640

How should we walk?

Often, we allow our hip flexor muscles in the front of our thighs to pull us forward. If we concentrate on tightening our glutes, yes, the derriere muscles back there, we can help propel us forward. This makes the art of walking feel a little more balanced between the front and back of the body. We can also tighten our bellies to help with our stabilization. Do this in a relaxed way so the body moves freely.women-306918_640

How can this help alleviate my headaches?

Headaches are often caused by holding onto stress and excess tension in the body. When we allow our bodies to relax and float from A to B, we have less tension in our heads, jaws, upper backs, hands, and lower bodies. This relates to less tension that can crawl up the back of our necks and into our heads. The next time you are rushing, try standing taller. It may even allow you to accomplish more in your day, as your body feels better. Thank you for reading.

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