Glidewalking - Livin' the Good Life
Feb. 21st, 2011
07:32 pm - Glidewalking
That's what Gokhale calls the kind of walking that's most beneficial and natural for humans. It took me many reads and lots of practising to finally figure out how to do it. With glidewalking, as I understand it, my gait needs to be very smooth. In order to do that, my back leg needs to straighten out completely behind me, and my heel needs to STAY ON THE GROUND as long as possible (she says to imagine someone stepping on the back of your shoe) before I push off with the toes and ball of my foot to advance myself forward. It feels very weird at first, but I've gotten used to it. It makes for a longer, stretched-out stride, and I can definitely feel my psoas muscles (groin) being pulled and stretched as I walk, which she says is important. It also makes my buttock muscles work hard. Expect them to be sore at first. Oh, and the butt needs to be out, not tucked under. Also, as the front foot comes forward for a landing, it needs to land gently, which means using a slightly bent knee. This, also, feels awkward to me. If the butt is out, she says, and you land with a bent knee, you will not experience a jarring feeling with each footfall. It should be smooth and easy and beautiful to watch. Well, I don't know if I'm beautiful to watch yet, but I'm workin' on it!