Walking and Posture
When we are house-bound, as many have been for the past year and a half, due to the pandemic, our walking habits become more restrictive and can cause posture issues that, in turn, affect our voices. Walking around our homes is a constrained, not leg-swinging, activity, due to short distances and smaller spaces. We tend to hunch more because the muscles in our hips have become tight and shortened from sitting too much.
When walking outside, think of taking longer strides so that your legs actually go behind the body as you move forward. Think of leading with your hips, and feel the stretch there, as you walk. When the ileopsoas muscles (spiderweb of multiple muscles connected to the front of each hip and to the spine) stretch out, your body will be able to lift up into its most upright position, with the ears over the shoulders-over the hips-over the knees.
Your voice will thank you for the newly relaxed position!