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Walking Uphill — 12 Comments

  1. Imogen, what a wonderful experiment! I’m a little awestruck that my blog should have started this process. We write these things never knowing if they will hit or miss, if they are good or bad. Thank you so much for sharing. Oh, and you picked a great place to try it out. Karen

    • Thank YOU, Karen. I’d never paid much (any?) attention to the leg moving backwards before and it’s been SO helpful as you can see.

    • Well, I’ll have to do a post sometime on walking downhill, which has a whole different set of challenges. Thanks for your comment!

  2. I stand while I work at the computer, so while reading this I was testing out some of what you were describing, just moving as if walking (no hills around at the moment!) Fascinating concept, and I am looking forward to testing this out on a real hill. I think it might be of help to me even on a gentle incline on the treadmill, as that’s been harder for me since having my neck problems. By the way, that sounds like a wonderful visit for you!

  3. This is so fascinating! Ha ha! I don’t think I’ve ever thought of it like that walking up a hill although I have done some interesting experiements walking up the stairs 🙂
    I LOVE the alexander technique… I studied it for a short time! Wish you were closer to Cali!
    Mimi

  4. Thanks for this helpful blog post. I am going to include this information in my walking clinic on Saturday–it adds some specificity to the way I typically teach about leg movements in walking. Although we will be walking on a level surface, I’ll try it out myself later on an uphill terrain–wish it could be the Peak District! Lucky you. 🙂

    • I think this awareness is great for regular walking – it just really came into its own when I used it going uphill! Glad it will be useful for your walking clinic – have a great time!

  5. WOW! I love how a shift in your focus from the struggle of moving forward and UP the hill was changed by shifting your perspective from the concept of which leg was providing the momentum. Nice!

  6. What a fabulous experiment of walking thinking and doing. I must try this when going uphill. I did Alexander Technique and found it enormously helpful. I still use a lot of what I learned, as our bodies are essential in this world.

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