Tag: climbing

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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Patella Release

"I was watching an older youtube vid with Katy describing how she works with the knee alignment - the idea of a patella that can be engaged and disengaged proving the knee is not locked out, I understand. But, when it comes to movement, sport, etc..the patella needs to lifted and engaged, yes?" Henry Vandyke Carter - Henry Gray (1918) I received this email from someone recently and thought it would be a good topic for a blog post. The patella is otherwise known as your knee

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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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Stair Climbing 101

This is a video posting that will hopefully illustrate how most people (and some cats) climb stairs and then a more mechanically optimal way to climb stairs, or any grade really. If you really slow down and have a look at how  you climb stairs, you might find that it goes something like this: https://youtu.be/-6k7NA7n9xk You step, lean onto the forward leg, and with a combination of arm pulling and quadriceps pushing (i.e., front of front leg pushing back), you pull yourself up onto t

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