Tag: balance

5 Tips to Better Hiking

Tree roots create a natural staircase I went for my first difficult hike after breaking my ankle in July '18. And I noticed some interesting things that I might never have known had I not had this injury. I think it's worth a blog post, because regardless of whether you've ever broken or sprained your ankle, many people are deficient in ankle dorsiflexion* and/or weak in the feet and hips and can use these tips to keep hiking safe and satisfying. *Ankle dorsiflexion is when you bring the

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Feet and Walking

In my last post (link) I mentioned that walking is a category, and that what most people envision when asked to imagine a person walking, is a person walking on a flat, level surface, perhaps a sidewalk. Indeed, when people “go for a walk” most of the time they use a trail or a route they have mapped out that will help them achieve the 10,000 steps on their Fitbit. I went to Costa Rica this spring, and I was looking forward to bushwhacking my way through a wild, untamed jungle, but even

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Balance for Walking

Balance is sometimes defined as “standing still” - i.e., can you balance on one foot? But can you balance walking? How can you tell if you can balance while walking? You are currently walking without falling over I presume. So how do you know if your balanced is compromised? Walking is a one-legged activity; the heel of the front leg lands, and then the leg in the back is lifted and the centre of mass is transferred forward over the leg on the ground until it becomes the back leg and

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Balance and Proprioception

What is balance? What is proprioception? Are they related? Let’s start with standard definitions. From Wikipedia: Proprioception, from Latin proprius, meaning “one’s own”, “individual”, and capio, capere, to take or grasp, is the sense of the relative position of one’s own parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement. (my note: this term seems to have come to use first in the early 1900s) Balance: (noun) 1. an even distribution of weight enabli

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