You often see people walking very quickly on the street and might think it says a lot about who they are. That’s a very perceptive assessment on your part.
Maybe the person you see is rushing because they’re having an emergency. On the flip side, maybe you’re behind a teenager walking with their shoulders hunched and you think they have self-esteem problems.
If seen from another angle, however, maybe that teenager is just typing on their smartphone while they walk.
Depending on the point of view, the way you walk says a lot about what you do or who you are.
In fact, it can tell you what’s happening on the inside. It may indicate anything from your risk of suffering from certain conditions to the phase of your menstrual cycle.
You’re in a hurry
If you’re an anxious person operating at a high level, it could change the way you walk. The magazine Cognition published a recent study regarding our levels of agitation.
The research was conducted at the University of Kent, and they observed the behavior of people who were blindfolded.
Study participants were instructed to walk straight toward a target they had previously seen. They also completed a survey to evaluate if they were the nervous or more relaxed kind of person.
The study came to the following conclusion: People who are more nervous turn to the left more often than those who are more relaxed.
It’s thought that activity in the right hemisphere of the brain, which is associated with increased anxiety, is responsible for this deviation to the left.
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You have a high risk of dementia
Your strut could give you some clues that you are in the early stages of dementia.
According to a recent study, researchers at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine identified a condition known as Motive Cognitive Risk Syndrome (MCR).
MCR is characterized by cognitive abnormalities. These are linked with decreased memory and walking more slowly.
The study examined 26,802 adults aged 60 years or older and found that 10% of them met the criteria for MCR. After making this observation, the researchers followed both normal adults and those who were MCR-positive.
Participants who were diagnosed with MCR were twice as likely to develop dementia in the next 10 years, compared with those who were considered to be healthy.
You’re having orgasms
What?! That’s right. The way you walk says a lot about your sex life.
A team of researchers in Belgium found that the way a woman moves her body when walking can indicate if she recently had (or may soon have) a vaginal orgasm.
The study was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. They examined the sexual history of healthy women and tried to “guess” whether they had experienced a vaginal orgasm or not.
Sexologists examined the attitudes of the women and were surprisingly able to correctly guess the orgasm history of 81.25%.
Researchers in the previous study believe that it’s possible that women who have had or are able to achieve a vaginal orgasm have a greater range of motion and their pelvis achieves a greater stride length.
You are ovulating
Other people may be able to notice when you’re in the conception phase of your menstrual cycle based on the way you walk.
The journal Personality and Individual Differences published a study suggesting that men are more attracted by the movements of a woman, especially if she is dancing or walking, during her most fertile time of the month.
German researchers recruited 46 women and recorded whether they were in a fertile or non-fertile phase. The researchers then recorded videos of the women as they danced or walked.
A group of men screened the recorded videos. Men rated the movements of the women in their fertile phase as more attractive than those who weren’t.
The researchers concluded that the results suggest that women in this stage of their menstrual cycle send out certain signals through the movements of their body.
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Your body is always speaking to you
As you can see, the way you walk says quite a few things about what’s going on inside, from worrying medical aspects like dementia to less concerning things, such as issues related to your sexuality.
Remember that walking isn’t just any activity. It can actually help you improve the condition of your health.