Walking is a process that involves movement from your head down to your toes, and of course, your brain. Some of your steps are longer than the rest, and the right step may be shorter than the left. Your gait and posture are certainly affected by the quality of your strides, and your pacing might be showing clues about your character and your health condition.
Here’s an interesting article on the different kinds of steps or pace and how it might describe the personality and the condition of an individual.
The Meaning Of Your Steps
- Fast Strides means a longer life. Research (check at Mom365 too) has shown that people who are more than 65 years old tend to walk faster. Walking on a fast speed means you’ll live a long life, although you can’t expect to stretch your years if you force yourself to walk quickly. Perhaps it is because people who walk slowly may indicate some health issues.
Researchers have discovered that moderate exercise, such as walking for 40 minutes three times a week, can enhance cognitive skills. —
- Walking With A Limp might be a sign of osteoarthritis, a condition characterized by calcific depositions in the knee and other joints. With this arthritic disease, you may be walking in favor of one foot, or your legs may buckle when they’re tired. If you don’t have an existing condition, then the limp may just be because of a current injury.
- Deviation Towards The Left probably means there’s something NOT RIGHT about how you are. There are feelings of tension and anxiety going on for days, which is why you tend to veer towards one side (towards the left for this matter). Researchers discovered in a study on a group of people who were blindfolded, those who expressed their worries before the study strayed more to the left. It is said that the right side of the brain is attempting to normalize your feelings.
- Walking On Tip Toes may be normal for toddlers and younger kids (more info at Baby Center). However, when 20-year-old tiptoes as he walks, there might be muscular dystrophy or weakness of your leg muscles. It may indicate Achilles shortening or tendonitis. Children with autism may also walk on tiptoes.
- Off-Balance Or Stumbling When Walking gives us an idea that the person is intoxicated, as per the line-walking test that the police give to test drivers if they’ve been drinking while driving. Alcohol abuse in the long term causes weakness of the muscles and a loss of sense of orientation. This loss leads to the uneven walk,or the person could stumble when he walks.
- Walking Relatively Slow is a medical sign of Alzheimer’s disease or other memory issues. Individuals with this condition are usually insecure about their every move, which also contributes to the slow walk. They are often hesitant and afraid to do things on their own volition. Sometimes, though, they can also be clumsy.
- Walking With A Foot Slap is an indication of a foot drop. This foot drop is a secondary result of a foot drag. Since the person cannot flex his upper foot due to weakness, he tends to lift his feet higher than usual to make up for the drag. The result is the person walking like he is climbing invisible stairs. A foot drop is typically seen in muscle dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and spinal damage patients.
- Swaying While Walking may sometimes look cool, but be wary. You’ll need to see a doctor for this, as this may pertain to a mild or moderate brain injury. The person is displaying a back and forth motion and is attempting to control it as he walks. If you know someone who sways while he walks, you may want to accompany him to his doctor to decrease his chances of further brain damage.
Having someone to walk with can lead to greater motivation to walk, and talking while walking can lead to enhanced mental health, social support and friendship. — Alan Castel Ph.D.
Getting from point A to B may sound so simple, but walking does have a process. There are more walks to watch out for other than the ones mentioned above. The important thing is that you are aware of the deviations and mistakes in your gait so that when you notice something abnormal in the way you walk, you know you need to visit your doctor to have yourself checked for your walk.