Up this week for you to notice is how you walk.

And taking a casual stroll might just be the best way for you to start.

Why you should get to know your gait is a diatribe in my book, so here are just two reasons to chew on:

  1. Your gait is full of patterns that can indicate muscle balance or imbalance. Imbalances in strength and mobility are often related to daily joint and muscle aches. And who needs those?
  2. The way you walk, the attitude of your stride, can say reams about how you project your relationship to the world around you. Even past attitudes can show up today.

Ever wanted to change how well you move? Good news, you can start with your stride.

Step one, get to know it!

Observing the Way You Walk

First starters, you can have fun with this and let it be silly!

Exaggerated movement is easier to notice than everyday movement, so get goofy if that helps you discover something while trying out the below suggestions. For that matter, inspire a friend to join you! Sometimes silliness is best when shared.


Then, exaggerated or not, you can try to analyze your movement:

Your foot strike
- what part of your foot seems to hit the ground first?
- what part of your foot seems to leave the ground last?

Your hip movement
- side to side swish?
- front to back swing?

Your lower back
- do you feel pressure on your lower back when your foot touches down?


You can notice your gait in relationship to what you're doing:

How does your gait change for different walking tasks?
- carrying objects?
- rushing to catch a train?
- texting on your mobile?

How does your gait change depending on who else is around?
- your close friends and family?
- your colleagues?
- someone you mean to impress?


To make your gait observation a daily thing, bring it in to a short walk you take every day, even if it's just to the mailbox.

Do let me know how it goes!

I'll be back here next week with to share some ideas on how getting to know your feet can help you move better overall!

Observing with you,
Esther

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