No two people are exactly the same, and one of our differences is the way in which we walk! Each of us has a unique pattern of walking, called a gait. Each leg actually has a gait cycle that is dependent upon the stance (period during which one foot is on the ground, supporting the body) and the swing (the period during which that foot is off the ground).
Did you know that most people are walking around incorrectly? One reason described in The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids is poor posture. Good posture aids our breathing and helps us to avoid health complications. Try this to improve your walk—position your body in a straight line, keeping your back straight and shoulders slightly back and down. Then begin to walk while avoiding leaning forward or backward, as this will strain your muscles!
Want Some More Fun Foot Facts?
• To walk 1 mile at a normal pace, a person takes 2,000 steps, on average. A normal walking pace is about 3 to 4 miles per hour.
• From May 21 to 23, 1928, Ted Nowak walked 148 miles nonstop, from Buffalo, New York, to Olean, New York, and back again in 29 hours, 29 minutes.
• From December 31, 1989, to January 1, 1990, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Anthony Thornton walked 95.7 miles backward in 23 hours, 45 minutes.
• On February 26, 2011, at the Russian Winter Racewalking Championships in Sochi, Vera Sokolova racewalked 20 kilometers (about 12.5 miles) in 1 hour, 25 minutes, 8 seconds.