Have you ever taken a moment to watch how people walk or better yet how you walk?
I constantly observe how people walk, stand, sit, pick something up, brace and squat (or an attempt at one).
But for this post I simply want to talk about walking.
Our feet are made up of 26 bones (52 total), which is a quarter of the bones in our entire body.
That's a lot of bones and on top of that there are 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments in our feet. So to say our feet are important is a bit of an understatement.
Also, just think about what your feet do for you on a daily basis. The feet are how you are physically connected to the ground the majority of your life (aside from when you lay down, sit on the floor or walk on your hands). Now to the actual movement of walking.
How do you walk?
Are your feet pointed inwards, outwards, or pointed straight forward? Do you strike with your heel, midfoot, or the ball of your foot? Do you feel balanced when you walk? Are you able to stand on one foot? Do you have pain? Do you brace your trunk before walking up or downstairs? Do you feel like your knees are about to burst when going down a hill? And so on.
These are just a few of the questions when thinking about the “simple” movement of walking. There is so much that goes into it and fixing it is possible but the point is how many people honestly think about any of these questions on a daily basis let alone ever in their life.
Last thought is you're a human being….so please stop walking like a duck….your body will thank you.