Why Walking Is Worth Working On

why walking

Why walking?” was a question I heard often when I first began to develop the CoreWalking program. “Don’t we already know how to walk?” My standard response has always been that I have yet to meet anyone who was taught to walk as a baby. We stand up somewhere around our first birthday, more or less, take a couple of steps to wild cheers and are then left to our own devices.

There is a very specific design to the way we are supposed to walk. It involves the arms and legs alternating as we amble along with the legs equidistant under the pelvis. Each step is meant to be a spinal twist that rotates the vertebrae, works the core, and tones the surrounding organs. If we move correctly the body maintains and heals itself from the wear and tear of daily life. Why walking seems obvious to me.

Along with breathing and dying it is one of the few guarantees in life and if you learn to walk correctly it will make breathing and dying more pleasant. The way we eat, sleep, and move are all within our control and these three things go a long way to determining how we age. While exercise is obviously good for us the importance of doing it correctly can’t be understated.

There are too many people that think exercise, in and of itself, is good enough but while exercise done poorly might serve an aerobic purpose an argument can be made that exercising with poor movement patterns is as bad as not exercising at all. For the most part people exercise with same patterns that they use for walking unless you have been taught otherwise. Changing the way you walk can have a profound effect on your body with far reaching consequences. To age gracefully is a main theme here at CoreWalking and that is the best answer I have to the question, why walking?


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  1. Wow I could not agree with you more! People assume the same thing about yoga – that if you do it (doesn’t matter how) that you improve alignment. But the problem is – and this is something I encounter in every class – that people bring their misalignments and poor posture habits with them and end up reinforcing those bad habits even while doing yoga. It is fascinating to me that we have come to a place in our culture and physical history where we have to learn how to move and relearn good alignment. And it makes me wonder if there was ever a time in human history where our lifestyle supported and created optimal alignment and movement.

    • I have no idea if there was a time that people moved better but I think that industrialization hasn’t helped. Nor has affluence. I teach people to squat often and I think that our modern lack of squatting is one of the things that has affected the way people move.

      • Yes! Squats are great and I have been including them in my classes regularly. It is interesting to see how that movement is not available or familiar to so many people. I am sure there are movements besides the squat that we have lost that contribute to the way we move (or don’t move!). I have heard people claim that we moved better when we were hunters and gatherers but I am sure there were issues then too. Our modern industrialized culture is certainly the culprit for the situation we are in!

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