I was sent a couple of articles by Rick over at GymnasticsCoaching.com
These can be found in the Science of Gymnastics Journal found here.
One particular article caught my eye, concerning a comparison of hand walking to regular walking.
You’re welcome to read the seven page report yourself but I’ll give you the results they found.
I’ve seen many people compare hand balancing to standing on the feet. While this can be useful in certain situations this study showed that because of the structure of the body things have to be different (no big surprise there).
Gymnasts of various, but all above average skill levels, were used in this study.
What they found was the cadence of walking on the hands was similar to the feet albeit much shorter even if you take into consideration the difference in lengths of the arms and bones.
Also hand walking requires a wider base of support then on the feet.
What they found is that the more skilled gymnasts spent more time with both hands on the ground at one time and with more consistent stride length.
These are just a few things to take into consideration the next time you go for a stroll on your hands.
Good Luck and Good Hand Balancing,
P.S. Want full details on how to walk, run, jump, skip and even tap dance on your hands? Check out How to Walk on Your Hands in the Hand Balancing Mastery Course.