Good morning everyone!
We’re back with our little walking saga to get to look and – more importantly – feel good while on the move. After going through the posture to adopt in this article, it is now time to move on to the second part: the stride.
What is a stride?
First things first, let’s define what we call a good stride.
The stride is the movement that allows us to make a certain distance, from one leg to the other. Whether we’re talking about the length of your steps or even the way you move ahead, its analysis and good understanding can tell you a lot about your walk efficiency. Don’t get confused though: I’m referring to an efficient stride for a walk, which is different from the right stride for a run.
A good stride is one that helps us propel our body forward, rather than pulling it. Let me explain.
Many of us “tow” their body while walking. They start by stretching one leg far forward before putting their weight on it to support the walking movement and pulling it back. It is even common to think that having a good stride means making long steps: the key would be to throw your leg further forward to have a toner walk. WRONG.
Lengthening your stride puts more –useless – stress on the lower parts of your legs and on your joints without making the movement any more efficient. Nothing good basically.
So what is a good stride for your daily walks?
Well it’s a stride that propels your body forward. Rather than reaching far ahead with one leg, prefer a longer movement of the back leg.
The action is launched by the supporting leg, in the back, that will push your body to make it move. The front leg only has to be slightly ahead, almost aligned. Try to maintain a longer movement on the back leg: make it last to optimize the propulsion. Like so, you will release the pressure on your joints, reducing the risks of injuries and even of falling.
You’ve understood it by now: the movement is much more important than the length of the stride.
So if you want to have a more powerful walk, maintain this propelling gesture while increasing your cadence. Indeed, to be efficient, you’ll have to be faster with your moves: you can even decrease the size of your stride in order to do so!
All right then, you should now be masters in the art of walking the right stride.
I’ll see you soon to dig in the last, but definitely not least, part of this saga: the foot! What movement to adopt? What are the risks of having a bad foot pattern? You’ll find it all out and even more in the next article!
See you then you running maniacs!