FOREFOOT OR HEEL? HOW TO IMPROVE WALKING TECHNIQUE AND POSTURE

FOREFOOT OR HEEL?

Would you like to get back in shape and are you committing to go for a walk every day? Or maybe you’d like to include walking in your routine to vary your workouts? Good choice! Before you begin, read these KissAnime tips for proper gait and posture.

SUPPORT ON THE TOES OR ON THE HEEL, WHICH IS BETTER? 

For a parent, one of the most exciting experiences is watching a child take its first steps. You may have noticed that young children tend to walk on tiptoes or the forefoot. This is because their anatomical confirmation is not yet as developed as in the adult. As we grow and progress in development, we tend more and more to prefer the support on the heel when walking.

  • Support on the heel: refers to the action of placing the heel on the ground first, followed by the forefoot in a sort of continuous oscillatory movement, which impacts the bones that make up the upper part of the heel. This walking or running method has become commonplace because it requires minimal effort, but it often causes joint pain or spinal problems.

For this, our advice is to choose the forefoot support instead.

  • Finger rest: This is actually how humans instinctively move, as we see in children learning to walk. As adults, we move like this in some situations, when we go up the stairs or dance, for example. In this type of support, it is the forefoot that first comes into contact with the ground. The benefit of this movement is that the foot muscles are activated, minimizing the impact on the heel and ankle bones while preserving the health of ligaments, tendons, and joints. Besides, it contributes to tone the muscles in general. When done consciously, the forefoot strike can also become a training method – walking or running on the front of the foot requires more energy than the heel strike.

The heel support puts more pressure on the bones of the foot, increasing the possibility of joint pain. The support on the forefoot, on the other hand, activates the muscles, strengthening not only the legs but the whole body.

Practice the forefoot strike :

It takes time to adjust to a new habit – so even if the act of changing your walking technique seems simple, it won’t happen overnight. The next time you go out for a walk, try focusing on landing on the front of your foot. Make sure you are wearing well-cushioned shoes with the right flexibility and adequate support.

THE CORRECT POSTURE FOR WALKING

Have you ever taken a good walk and then start to feel back pain? To avoid them, it is important to maintain correct posture while walking.

Expert advice :

If you experience back pain in daily life or find it difficult to maintain an upright posture while walking, strengthening your core muscles can help.

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