Safe movements

In a weekly four-part series, physical therapist Lisa Ann McCall offers examples and tips about how to use our bodies safely in our daily lives.

Part three of four: walking with ease

Striking with the heel and pulling the body forward can create pain in the knees, spine and neck. It impedes a person's balance to have the hips jutting out forward.

It's better to lean forward into the walk, to push off with the foot and leg behind the body, and to glide across the floor. Lift the chest slightly and don't hold in the belly.

Source: Lisa Ann McCall, physical therapist, former yoga teacher and author of The McCall Body Balance Method. McCall studied body movements in agrarian cultures, where people's daily lives include a lot of manual labor but their joints and bodies don't break down as much as people from Western cultures.

— Anne Aurand, The Bulletin