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.
- Posted August 23, 2009 in: Endurance Sports,Natural World
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