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Mastering Mobility: Healthy Aging Through Gait Awareness

Senior Stride is Important
Human Gait

Walking is our most basic method of transportation, but changes to our normal human gait can increase our risk of stubbing our toe, leading to a fall and joint pain, and can impact our independence. Healthy aging for seniors also requires attention to gait.

Human Gait is a person's pattern of walking. Walking involves balance and coordination of muscles so that the body is propelled forward in a rhythm called the stride.

Focusing on the four phases of the gait cycle while on your daily walk can make a big difference. 1) push-off (heel-up to toe-off), 2) leg swing, 3) heel-strike, 4) level-hip stance.

With regular practice, a correction can often be accomplished in as little as six weeks. Try exercises such as lifting your legs, sitting to stand, stepping over objects, and holding furniture that doesn’t move.


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