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forward lean when walking

Esther and/or team:
I’m not sure about leaning slightly forward when walking. When I experiment with that my lower back kills me. However, I can still push off with the back foot and remain upright, and totally engage my glutes. 
Does anyone have a comment on that, and thanks in advance. 
HAPPY NEW YEAR, and thanks Esther for all you know and share.
Maxine Cowan 

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Hi Maxine.  I'm not an instructor but I was having that same problem when I finished the Elements course and occasionally have it now when I'm not paying attention to my body when walking (standing, sitting, etc. smiley ).  What I find really helps me when I feel the pain in my lower back is to check my rib anchor.  Sure enough when I engage that, my back feels better.  Sometimes I engage the inner corset if I really need to make sure I'm not hurting my discs.  Just a thought from a fellow student.

Today is January 1 2021 - HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Colleen

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Hi Colleen

Thanks for your response...I'll check that out for sure. I'm certainly not great at anchoring my ribs, so I know what you mean. Being in a body is such a challenge sometimes, isn't it? I'm also trying not to think about it too much and just walk naturally. That also helps. Cheers, Maxine

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Moved post to forum - Glidewalking.

 

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Jacob

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It's crucial to maintain a neutral spine and avoid excessive forward lean while walking to prevent strain on your lower back. Leaning forward may alter your posture and contribute to discomfort. Focus on keeping your shoulders relaxed, head in a neutral position, and engaging your core muscles to support your spine. If you experience lower back pain when experimenting with a slight forward lean, it might be a sign that your body is not adapting well to that posture. Instead, concentrate on pushing off with your back foot, engaging your glutes, and maintaining an upright position, as this approach can still effectively activate the necessary muscles without compromising your lower back. If discomfort persists, consulting with a healthcare professional or a fitness expert for personalized advice could be beneficial. 

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