There are 17 different ways to walk. Or so I was told at a biomechanics get together.

Most of us walk in our familiar way. So you can check your ability with the following 4 ways.

But first. Walk forwards in your normal manner.

Take a moment to feel what walking feels like to you. I know that may sound silly since most of us do it on autopilot.

So just get a good feel for you how you do you. Or how you normally walk about.

Now Try This

Walk forwards and let your hips roll in a forwards circle as you walk.

Are you able to comfortably circle both of your hips as you walk?

Does this feel like your normal walking pattern or way? Or does it feel a little different?

Is one or both sides of your hips a little wonky?

Next

Reverse course.

First. Walk backwards in your normal manner.

This may be tricky for some of you. Why? You may not have had to walk backwards for any reason in some time.

So just tune into how your body coordinates (or doesn’t) as you walk backwards.

Try This

Walk backwards and allow the hips to roll in a backwards circle.

Is it easy to coordinate walking backwards this way?

Some of you might have had to really think it over. If so. That’s a good thing.

See, when we have to slow movement down. That gives us an opportunity to feel our way with it.

Next

Walk forwards while circling the hip backwards.

Didja have to stop and think about that for a moment?

Were your arms swinging in a different manner than when you normally walk?

Last Walking Move

Walk backwards while at the same time rolling the hip forwards.

Did that give you a giggle in coordinating all that?

These are examples of differentiated movement patterns. See, when we do or move differently than normal. Our brain appreciates the difference since it thrives on novelty.

Plus. You never know when we get a hitch in our giddy up. That having an other option can help ease our walk.

Level Up

Play with the hip circles as you walk up and down a hill. And even give it a go when on the stairs.

Yes, even walk backwards down and up the stairs since I’ll bet. Most people haven’t done that in some time.

But if you do. Your brain and body will appreciate moving with a little difference.

All the little differences and physical challenges can add up to better mobility. So that you maintain effective, easy movement.

And if any or all that is too difficult. Or you love learning or expanding what your body is truly capable of. That’s why we have Somatics Exercises.

So that movement in general feels easy and confident to do at any age.


Edward Barrera
Edward Barrera

Hi I'm Ed Barrera, founder of Gravity Werks and Hanna Somatic Educator. I teach people how to overcome physical pain, reduce muscular stress & tension, and recover quickly from injury using safe, simple, natural tools known as somatics exercises where we use the brain to change our muscles back to comfort so we can confidently do what we want again with our body. As someone who lived in chronic pain (diagnosed with fibromyalgia) in my 20's & 30's, it's my pleasure to offer simple tools which allow us to remain pain free, be less stiff, have mobile & healthy joints and give us the ability to be comfortable as we age. Each week I offer live and recorded online (audio) classes to compliment the full online programs where people can overcome back, neck, shoulder, knee, hip, leg, arm, jaw, etc. pain. When we change our brain, we change our body so we can live pain-free and move easily at any age.

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