How to Walk Taller and Stronger
Focus on Symmetry
Having good posture is more than that moment in time captured when having a picture taken, it’s about how your body is moving throughout life.
All body motion – from walking and running, to working and playing – begins with your internal perception of “standing tall” which makes focusing on posture awareness a first step towards real change and improvement.
Training proper alignment with posture-in-motion can begin with something as simple as walking.
Walking Check in a Few Steps
While you walk consider this…
When pushing off with your toe to propel forward, does it feel the same on each sides?
When planting your foot in front of you, are both heels striking the same way? And, at the same point?
Are the length of your steps the same on both sides? Is one longer than the other?
Do your arms swing evenly at your sides?
Are you leaning forward?
Is your head winning the race or aligned with your body?
Strengthen Your Stride
Try this awareness exercise during your next walk. While you stroll be aware…
Hold your head high, like a balloon is gently lifting from the crown
Roll your shoulders up, back and drop them down in a relaxed state
Arms to your sides, thumbs should point forward
Ready! Take a mindful stroll and reevaluate your gait pattern from the earlier walking check.
Always wear good shoes – they are your posture foundation. Check shoes for wear now and then.
The way to strengthen posture and walk strong begins with focusing attention on a single point at a time, then adding another element later. Incorporate this easy posture tip into daily life starting today!
Article from Posture Month