This week in the clinic I saw a fit 40-something lady, who had an onset of low back, hip and leg pain after simply walking a few kilometres on the beach for 4 days in a row whilst on holidays.
She is upset! She exercises 3 times a week including Pilates, weights, treadmill, and more. Why should something as seemingly easy as walking cause her injury, when she can train all year with no problems??
Why can Walking Hurt?
Walking is exercise, like any other exercise. It has its own demands, and our bodies need to be ready and prepared for walking at pace for exercise.
There are several factors that make walking an exercise that requires some preparation.
Firstly, walking is very repetitive. To walk 6km, you might take close to 8,000 steps! Thats a lot of steps doing basically the same motion. This is prime territory for overuse injury.
You always have one foot on the ground when you walk, which means your hips have to stretch further forward and back with each step than when you jog.