Small children seem to have built-in programming to walk and run. Through a series of trial and error, toddlers are dashing around with perfect form without taking a class, watching a video or even reading the latest running book. Let’s contrast that with what we would see if we had 20 random adults go for a walk or run (gasp!). Toes might be turned out, upper backs hunched over, one arm may swing more than the other and their nose might be the first thing to enter the room. What has gone wrong between age 2 and 42?
Walking and running form is pretty simple. The head should be aligned over the spine, which when in not in motion, should be aligned over the hip, knee and ankle. When walking or running, your body should stay in a straight line and lean forward from your ankle. When the angle at the ankle becomes great enough that gravity starts pulling your torso forward, you next flex your hip up towards your armpit while the opposing arm swings forward and your foot lands in front of your body to catch you. This process repeats over and over until you arrive at your destination. Um, sure.
Wondering how your posture, walking and running form measure up? Watch my video to learn what to look for in your posture, how to assess the way you move and how to know if the way you move your body might lead to chronic pain, running injuries or just simply zap your athletic performance.
Stay tuned for my future blog posts including at-home fixes for the three most common walking/running movement faults. Spring is just around the corner and your body is going to be ready this year!
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