The chance to change the way you walk is the opportunity of a lifetime. Most people take between 5,000-10,000 steps a day and don’t think about any of them. For the most part, how you walk is how you walk. It is simply something that you do.
But reassessing this approach would probably provide a great benefit if you are suffering from lower back pain and a host of other pain issues. Making a conscious attempt to change the way you walk and stand will give you more energy and less pain and discomfort.
You will also develop a support system to allow you to deal with issues as wide ranging as flat feet and muscle tension headaches, and to recover more quickly from the inevitable slings and arrows that life is likely to throw your way.
Learning to walk well will provide you with tools to support spinal issues, like spinal stenosis and spondylosis, and you can likely find permanent relief from problems like plantar fasciitis, hip flexor issues, and meniscus pain.
There is a muscle, the psoas, deep in the bowl of the pelvis that most people have never heard of. If you suffer from sciatica or piriformis syndrome, two common pain ailments, it is likely that the psoas muscle is involved as well.
Treatment for psoas pain, as well as a host of other ailments, takes the form of walking correctly with each step employing your core successfully.
CoreWalking will also help to improve athletic performance, but what we most hope to achieve is the building of a solid foundation for aging gracefully.
The odds are no one taught you how to walk. With great anticipation your parents waited for you to take your first steps, and then when you finally did, they screamed and clapped for joy. After that, you were on your own.
You learned to walk because it is instinctual and imitative. Your walking patterns derive from numerous factors, but imitating your parents who imitated their parents, who were never taught the correct way to walk either, is a vicious cycle that won't be interrupted until walking lessons become as popular as I hope they will be.
Learning to walk correctly isn't all that hard it just takes some will power and repetition. Lots and lots of repetition. But it is something you are already doing at least 5,000-10,000 times a day. You simply need to start paying attention to the way you do it.
If you pay attention for a short period of time (short is relative and the time frame differs for everyone. Some people change quickly and others can take way more time), you will be walking with a new pattern that will better serve your lifestyle no matter what it is.