Almost all of the vintage books I’ve read on poise tell me that to walk gracefully, I need to lead with my hips. But, no matter how many variations I tried, I was not coming anywhere close to looking graceful (and, no, I’m not going to make a video showing you my attempts at this…I can “hear” my sisters saying that they would pay me a dollar if I would make one…). Although the doctor didn’t order physical therapy for me after I injured my foot last October, I realized that the ability to walk properly should not be ignored.
I’ve always been a bit self-conscious about my walk. My team members tell me that I sound like someone in authority when they hear me approaching in my heels. In fact, they tell me that they hated it when I could only wear flats because they didn’t hear me go into their offices to ask them questions and I would startle them! I’ve had to go to meetings in buildings where the sound of my footsteps reverberates throughout the entire hallway and I’m just waiting for people to stick their heads out of their offices to see what the ruckus is about. And while I am in a position of authority, I’d rather glide than clomp.
Dr. Lin has come to my rescue. While searching for videos on how to walk in high heels gracefully I came across Dr. Lin’s video on how to walk properly (most of the videos were showcasing “beauty pageant walking” or “runway walking”–not exactly “real world walking”). Much to my dismay, he told me to grab my backside to make sure my gluteal muscles were engaged to propel me forward. Well, you know I had to try it. And lo and behold, I was leading from hips and it felt natural!
So, if, like me, you’ve always wondered what the poise people meant when they say “lead from the hips, ” watch this video!
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