Most people don’t think of walking as an art, but it has endless possibility for learning and refinement. In many ways, walking has become a lost art - how often do you see someone just walking down the road without talking on the phone or typing away on a screen?
How we walk matters just as much (if not more) than how far we walk. When we walk well, we are able to walk for longer without issues and enjoy it too. We build strength evenly across muscles and joints and can focus our attention onto the beauty of the landscape and soundscape, free of discomfort.
It is possible to improve our walking at any age, updating our old habits into new choices and we can continue to refine the way we walk in a gentle and relaxed way.
I really benefited myself from learning how to improve the way I walk and no longer suffers from recurrent ankle sprains and knee pain, chronic hip discomfort, a flared ribcage and a stiff spine.
I'm very keen to share this knowledge, which is why I'm guiding a short walk in May as part of the Chilterns Walking Festival, focusing on gait. I'd love for you to join me if you can!