In this video, you will learn how to improve your downhill walking technique to move quickly without causing injury.
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Walking downhill can put a lot of strain on your body, especially your knees. Master the correct technique by watching this short video tutorial!
Voice-over: Will Davies
Improving your downhill walking technique.
In this video, you're going to learn how to improve your technique for walking downhill. The main difficulty when walking downhill is controlling your step in such a way as to maximise your speed without injuring yourself.
In order to succeed, you have to keep your balance, whilst controlling the impact of your feet on the ground.
Firstly: keeping your balance.
In order to control your balance whilst walking downhill, make a swinging motion with your arms.
Your arms have to be as relaxed and free as possible.
This movement helps to stabilise your centre of gravity, which is essential for maintaining control.
Secondly: Controlling the impact of your feet.
Relax your pelvis and pay close attention to the movement of your feet.
Your feet must roll smoothly as you put them down; from heel to toes.
Make sure that your feet don't rebound off the floor.
A good step shouldn't feel hard on your your joints and will allow you to continue without losing speed. Practise this movement until you have it mastered.
If you do long walks, then good technique whilst walking downhill will allow you to recuperate, because your body will have to exert relatively little effort. Make sure that you breathe properly, for example by matching the rhythm of your breathing to the movements of your arms. This will ensure that your body gets enough oxygen for the rest of the walk.
Now you know how to tackle hills with ease. See you out on the trail!