Sunday, August 28, 2011

BIG HEAD?

One of the things that makes us humans, that separates us from lower animals, that is distinctive and unique in this universe, is the way we are able to hold our heads steady while we are walking!

Did you ever think about that? I never had til I read a recent article about a guy who is researching the human foot and how our feet differ from those of other mammals. In his research, he discovered that along with the development of a unique foot, humans developed a unique system of neck 'stabilizers' that allows us to see the world through a stable lens rather than a jumpy camera while we are walking and running.

This makes total sense, but I don't think it's something that even enters our minds on a conscious level. Well, at least not mine. What an advantage we have over most other life forms on this planet! Horses heads move up and down while they run. Pigs and dogs have heads that sort of wobble left and right with each stride. Even elephants and camels have loopy head movements when they walk.

We're unique! Apparently, from an evolutionary standpoint (if you buy that or by Grand Design if you don't), the stability of our heads gives us a wide range of advantages over other life forms. We can turn our heads while walking and running if we want. The stabilizers give us a steady visual picture of our world. Our ears remain oriented in a manner that's most advantageous for us.

This researcher also explains that hip, back, and neck problems that many relate to defects of our erect spinal cord are NOT due to our erect stature. They are due to downstream problems of our gait, based on our feet, if they are not properly aligned due to a congenital problem or because we either wear the wrong footwear or we don't exercise enough.

I have long known that back problems are often related to weak abdominal muscles. The abs keep our posture erect to protect all those vertebrae. Walking strengthens abs and back muscles, not to mention glutes and all the muscles of our legs. You should see the muscles in my legs! While I was born with a template for shapely (and possibly muscular) legs, I have certainly developed those muscles through walking. Best way ever to lose fat in the thighs and derriere. Refer to my earlier posts about me walking my #$%$% off!

So, if you needed one, here's another strong piece of evidence that our bodies are designed - beautifully, wonderfully, miraculously designed - to WALK.





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4 comments:

montanna said...

Many people who enroll in group exercise programs at their local gym or community center find that they are much more likely to go every week than someone who is trying to come up with their own core workout.

Pattys Place said...

Still walking. Week 6 and going strong. It is second nature to me now, a habit. I like good healthy habits. Still makes me tired and sore, but that is life with fibromyalgia. Somedays I even get a little bit more than a mile in, like 1/4 mile more. Not a lot, but progress. I also like the fact, that even if I am exhausted, I can just stroll my mile, not have to march to strenthen my heart, just move. Have a healthy walking day.

montanna said...

The best part is these exercises will have either a low impact on your body or almost no impact at all. People looking to burn the most calories in the least amount of time often like these abdominal exercise machines.

jd said...

Montanna,
I posted your comment, but we are really not here to focus on a core workout. Enroll in a group exercise or gym if you want. Nothing wrong with that. But, gyms cost money and close. Walking is almost free and can be done anywhere at any time.