Walking: Step-by-Step

Are you tired of having to wait for your parents to take you to the places you need to get to? Is crawling too slow to do the things you need? This simple task first achieved by the ancient human beings, known to the ancient humans as chow-ooknook, or walking, is still a very popular pastime in today's world. It may look difficult, and be difficult at first but is literally so easy a caveman could do it. By following all the information, found in this simple to follow, step by step manual, it is almost certain that one will easily learn how to walk.

Things to help learn how to walk:
" Something to prop up on to get into the upright position (standing)
" Enough leg strength to stand
" A good feel for balance
" Courage and desire

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Step 1: Standing

Walking begins with a very simple that most people can do with ease. Caution: walking should not be attempted for children under the age of 9 months old or adults over 116 years old, if over the age of 116 years please contact the Guinness Book of World Records immediately.

First, stand up. Achieve this by propping up against something very stable such as a couch or chair. Once upright and standing let go of the object that is holding you up and try to balance. For some this step may be the hardest part, but it shouldn't be too difficult. Trying to balance isn't easy at first, so make sure something stable is easily grab-able in case of loss of balance.

Step 2: Geting Started

Get into a staggered position with one foot a little behind the other. Then, lift your back foot off the ground and begin to lean forward, standing on only one foot with back foot still behind the one in front but now slightly off the ground and the entire body at a 80 degree angle to the ground. Push off with the front foot when taking the back foot off the ground. Caution: This step may be dangerous for some, because they may fall off balance, and balance is everything.

Step 3: Leg Action

Now, leaning forward with the back foot off the ground move the back foot forward in a swinging motion. By doing this, the back foot will now be in front. This is by far the trickiest motion of walking, so it may take some time to get used to it. When swinging the foot one doesn't want to actually swing it but rather place it in front of the font foot by about one foot, to a foot and a half, and a bit off to the side. The foot should have traveled in a straight line from its starting place. When moving the foot forward it is also recommended to bend the knee slightly so your foot doesn't drag on the floor.

Step 4: Finish and Practice

Once the back foot gets to the front, firmly plant your foot on the ground. Note: when doing steps 2-5 the front foot should not move off the ground. Now the front foot and back foot should have switched position so that the back foot is now in front and the front foot is now the back foot.
Repeat steps 1-4 alternating feet with every step. Continue to practice this until you can comfortably move. You should be able to do these with ease and not have to think about what you're doing. If you don't get it at first; don't worry, walking takes practice and no one is expected to do it on their first try.

Step 5: Arms

You may have noticed that your arms are naturally swinging and alternating with each step. Arm swinging is not a mandatory step to walking, but it makes walking much easier and more enjoyable. This section will cover the proper arm swinging technique. Doing this is a necessary step for ones who hope to move on to more advanced things such as running.

With every step, swing one of your arms forward and the other back. Arm swinging depends on which foot steps forward and which one stays back. Swing the arm in the same direction of the opposite foot that is either moving forward or staying back. For example, if one's left foot takes a step forward then the right arm swings forward and if the left foot stays back, then the right arm swings back with the foot. The same goes for the other side. The arms should swing about the same distance as the feet. Warning: some may be tempted to try to swing their same hand with same foot, for example, left hand with left foot, but this is not proper form and it will only make walking much more difficult.
Just like using one's feet, this takes practice, and the more one does it the better and easier it is to do.

Step 6: Put It Together

Put all steps together into one smooth motion. After just a few tries anyone should be able to do the one of the greatest achievements of all time, crawl on their two feet, or in other words walk.

Step 7: Done

Walking can be very difficult to learn by ones self, so make sure you have someone there to help you that already knows how to walk competently, mommy or daddy are two very good tutors if you can put up with the squeals of joy they make every time you take so much as one step. Try not to over think it, for it should come naturally to you, after all you were made to walk you're a human. Once you master the art of walking you will be able to learn other things such as, running, skipping, hopping and even galloping if you're lucky. So remember, have fun and don't give up because the harder you try the sooner you'll get it.
In today's world walking is a very important skill, and is necessary if you ever want to amount to anything (you've got to get where you're going somehow). Walking is the easiest form of transportation and also the most eco-friendly. So stay balanced, try hard, and good luck.

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    I think you might add the reptition of the movement. When trying this splendid skill at first I kept falling on my face, I did't seem to move forward, until I, accidentally, discovered I had to repeat the movement with the other leg. Quite complicated actually, but I got the hang of it after playing around with it for a bit. By now I proudly walk into the office every morning, the crawling has come to an end, and I must say it has definitely had contributed to my career perspectives (not to speak about the endless patching up of my suits' pants).

    Thanks a lof for posting the instruction for acquiring this great skill!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    reminds me of this project we did in HS english where we had to talk some one through doing somthing as if there an alien I picked making a PB&J ....actually i think i may put that up when i did it in HS i got up to 13 steps and that was w simplifying it anyway well done

    4 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    well this was highschool and it was tricky cause you couldn't use the proper names cause how would an alien know what a knife is i had to re write open the jars 3 times cause i couldn't remember wich way the lids un screwed (i couldn't check at the time


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    it was and it wasn't like i said i actually cut it down when i was on page 2 and hadn't pulled out the bread yet


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, thanks, this comes at just the right time as my 8-month old daughter's just starting to figure this stuff out. I'll print these out and give 'em to her! ;-)


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This reminds me of instructions on how to walk that I found in a book once ("The complete guide to walking and running" or something). Is awesome :)


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Interesting read. Since a young age after a soccer injury I started walking (whilst in bare feet) on the ball of my feel inside of heel to toe. After a while my tendons shortend and now I never place my heels on the ground while walking without shoes.