Yesterday’s Thoughts

August 23, 2009

Walking Down Hill

When walking down hill, my natural response is to lean backwards, to brace myself from falling.

Often it is better to lean forward. Leaning forward places your body weight on your entire foot and the pressure on your foot causes it to make better contact with the ground. This means that you are less likely to slip than if you lean backward which puts your weight on your heel, or the rear edge of your shoe, and is more subject to slippage.

This is a great advantage of trekking poles. The poles allow you to be much more forward, making better contact with the ground. In addition, the poles really do support a weight distribution that is in front of your foot. If your feet slip downhill, they slip toward your center.

2 Comment(s)

  1. Jon Tyson | Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    I often think of this (“lean into it”), both in relation to physical activities and emotional risk taking.

  2. Ray Baxter | Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Nice point Jon.

    In both, it helps to have some support so you aren’t as afraid of falling!

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