At Footform, we're proud to be one of the few resources to learn basic, balanced Gait and Posture. Freedom from pain and strain is the motivator. Improved athletic performance is a side benefit.
Gait & Posture Training
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Good posture is a pre-requisite to a good gait and there is a lot more to good posture than standing up straight. Your default posture (how you stand, sit and move without thinking) is a habit. People think you're born with posture or somehow inherit it. The truth about posture is that it is a learned skill.
Good posture is when you can move freely and easily to do anything you need to do, instantly. Bad posture is when you lock your joints to brace your skeleton against itself to stay up. This locks out movement and makes any new movement an awkward process that strains muscles and joints.
Our stone-age ancestors had to rely on instant athletic movement to save their lives. To cover long distances, hunt or avoid being hunted, an athletic body was a necessity. As human kind became more civilized, ideas about movement and culture got in the way of natural movement. We embraced cars, mass transportation and grocery stores. In general, nothing in our culture demands athletic movement for survival. It must be learned through training. What you want for your gait is balance, timing and alignment for an optimized path of force, from the ground up.
Tips to Get Better
In the U.S. many people lock their knees both standing and walking. The result is overloading the forefoot pad, home of the joints between the toes and foot. If your knees don't bend your ankles don't bend. If your ankles don't bend you overload the forefoot pad during movement. The load of your whole body is supposed to be shared between the heel pad and the forefoot pad. The other bad side effect of locked knees; you don't move your hips correctly while walking. Many Americans use their hips as a hinge joint rather than the natural ball-and-socket joint, a cultural habit that is linked to hip damage and lower back pain.
Three things to think over and over. Get them stuck in your head, like a song or commercial can get stuck in repetition.
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