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Would You Take Walking Lessons?

You walk into your yoga or Pilates class with a slouch, then for 60 to 90 minutes you focus on your body, your spine, your alignment. But when class ends, does all that postural awareness leave when you walk out the door? One Brooklyn-based yoga instructor, dismayed by his students posture before and after class, created walking classes. He explained that even if you do your yoga practice is flawless, walking around in a constant slouch your spine, hips, shoulders, knees, and feet will pay price of your poor posture. After teaching Pilates for years I can attest that learning how to walk correctly is a way to avoid odd overuse injuries, created from bad habits and faulty alignment.

The majority of people don't pay attention to how they walk though, and many don't want to take the time to learn how to correct their flawed patterns. Most people want an instant fix. But think about it, if you take the 10,000 recommended daily steps, walking will affect your posture more than taking Pilates or yoga once a week.

While I am intrigued by the idea of a walking class, I am not sure I would take one. I assume they cost the same amount as a group yoga class, but it could be helpful to have an outside eye analyze my gait. I am sure it could have a positive impact on running as well as walking l. I believe learning how to walk can really help with lower-back pain as well as knee and hip pain.

But, what about you . . .


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mtiger mtiger 8 years
I don't know. Maybe...
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i did have those in modeling school :) and now i work in catering so heavy trays really help my posture and walk.
ayuninur ayuninur 8 years
Maybe, depending on the price.
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 8 years
I spend a huge amount of my day on my feet . . . although I thought I had decent posture, my WiiFit has started to show me otherwise (I've been doing the body tests daily for the past week and a half since I got the WiiFit) and I weight one side of my body more heavily than the other. While it may not seem like much, I'm sure that it is made worse by the sheer amount of time that I am on my feet. I'd love to learn to hold myself correctly.
KayEff KayEff 8 years
Even with good posture I'd be into it. Often times your body adapts and compensates for things like old injuries and minor alignment issues, so you might not be aware of things being out of balance.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i said 'no' but not cause it sounds silly but because i think that i have good posture and i can be aware of how i stand/walk and all that so i don't have to really go to someone to help me.
oliveoyle625 oliveoyle625 8 years
I think I really need this, but can you fix something that feels like is related to genetics?
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Am I the only one that thinks this idea is really stupid? I already KNOW HOW TO WALK and I have since I was about 1 year old. So I'm pretty sure I've got it down. I also already have pretty decent posture, so I don't think I'd shell out money to have some idiot tell me how to align myself. I'll spend the $$ on a decent pair of running shoes.
aprilmayjune4 aprilmayjune4 8 years
I notice that when I walk a long distance, my lower back gets really tight and KILLS the next day. I know it's not a lack of stretching because I stretch more than anyone I know. It'd be cool to rule out any posture issues.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Eh, my posture's good as it is. It sounds like kind of a waste of money.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
If it's cheap and it improves my posture I would consider it.
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