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While it is important to be aware of your coordination as you get older, muscle imbalances that affect the way that you walk can occur at any age. Improper posture, weak muscles and landing incorrectly are mistakes that are commonly made by adults when walking, according to "The New York Times." If these misalignments are not corrected, your stability can be compromised and you may suffer from pain and discomfort throughout your body - including in your back. Fixing your walking balance can help to keep your body healthy for years to come.1.
Focus on your walking technique and form. Many people develop bad habits when walking, which over the years can cause muscle imbalances and affect stability. Stand tall and elongate your spine. Engage your abdominals and glutes as you lift your chest and push the shoulder blades down your back. Stack your shoulders on top of your hips. Feel all four corners of your feet on the ground; roll through your foot and push off with your toes. Look straight ahead rather than tilting your head up or down.2.
Increase the strength of your core, back and legs to improve your stability and balance. Try low-impact activities like yoga, Pilates and tai chi, all of which focus on your core strength and coordination ability. Progress to more intense activities like strength training, aerobics, tennis, bowling or even ballroom dancing when your balance has improved and your physician gives you approval. Staying active by participating in a variety of activities can help you to remain strong and agile throughout your life.3.
Practice walking correctly; you will need to remain mindful of your posture and walking technique as you become stronger and able to develop new, more healthful habits. Walk regularly throughout your day whenever you are able. Walk to and from the store, as a warm-up activity before working out, when taking your dog out or after dinner with your spouse or some friends. Regularly check your posture as you are walking to make sure that your muscles are properly engaged.4.
Utilize equipment to keep you stabilized if need be. Canes or walking sticks can be extremely beneficial in providing stability as you practice walking correctly and gain strength. Canes can also help you avoid stumbling or falling. Talk to your physician if you feel that you would benefit from using a cane or walking stick.
- Walking stick
- Consult with your physician if your balance is challenged. Make sure that the problem is not due to a medical condition or medications that you are currently taking.
- Undergo a physical with your health care provider before starting a new workout or walking program.