Secrets of Supermodels: How to Walk with Confidence

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Walk for the Benefits

People walk all the time, but the fact is, most people are scared of walking. People would be inclined to look at the street (literally) rather than hold their heads up and look at the people who are walking along with them. Some would gaze at big billboards and advertisements, take out their cellphones from their pockets and act as if to call someone and do other stuff while walking. These are common signs of poor self-confidence and these are all manifested in walking.

So, how can your self-confidence be portrayed in walking?

Self-confidence is one’s own view about himself and his capabilities. Walking is one of the most fundamental human tasks and typically won’t require a conscious effort; therefore, walking takes the focus off his fancy clothes and equipments and tells a lot about your personality. Walking depicts a person’s aptitude to carry oneself in any kind of situation.
Walking faster can perk up your self-confidence in a variety of ways. It has been found by surveys that people who walk faster are seen as significant people. Walking a bit faster would make an impression that you are busy and are involved in noteworthy tasks. It is all about making a self-image for others to see.

When walking faster to convey a message of self-confidence, you must not overdo it to the extent of panting and looking exasperated. It’s just a matter of carrying a bubbly and comfortable self.

Leaving a good impression through walking is a whole different thing from getting the actual benefits of walking. Image building can be momentary, but the benefits you will get from walking will last a lifetime.

Studies have shown that walking quickly would equate to burning at least five calories per minute. Another factoid- If you walk for a mile, you will burn 20% less calories than if you had run. This may look disappointing and may encourage you to run rather than walk but this should be taken in the context of everyday life.

People usually whine about having too little time to exercise, that’s why walking to our destinations whenever possible is recommended.

When you exercise regularly, you will eventually feel the benefits of exercising. You would feel more relaxed, your breathing becomes better and your muscles stronger. Exercising also makes the mind stay sharp.

Walking, as a form of exercise, involves the whole body coordination and thus, it gives what people might believe as a whole body exercise. Walking also makes the mind stay sharp because through walking, Oxygen is delivered more efficiently to the brain, and blood flow is enhanced. Maybe this is the real reason which would explain why walking faster can boost someone’s self-confidence. More than building an image for other people to see, walking also makes you feel better, thus boosting your confidence.

Walking as a form of exercise not only gives multiple benefits to your physical attributes, it also adds to your happiness since exercising would make person release more endorphins which are “happy” hormones.

We’ve discussed the benefits of walking and how it improves one’s self-confidence. Now here are some tips on how to properly walk with a goal towards improving self-confidence:

Faster!

Again, walking faster enhances the benefits of walking. You must consciously try to increase your walking rate by at least 10% until such time that you can walk at increased speeds without too much conscious effort. Walking too fast will make someone look stressed and full of negative thoughts. It implies an image of impatience and unpredictability.

Look Up! 

When walking, you should not stare at the road or at the floor; you must hold your head up and maintain it at eye level. This will create opportunities to make eye contact with other people. It’s a non-verbal method to say “hi, how are you?”

Sway Away 

When you are walking, the natural swaying of the arms should not be restricted nor enhanced. Restricting this natural motion will make someone look stiff (if not looking for the nearest rest room) while swaying too much will look funny.

Mind Your Things

Arrange your hand-carry in such a way that they will allow you to walk comfortably. Carrying too much will cause someone to lose that much needed “snap” in walking.

Walking doesn’t require much effort, however; walking with confidence requires practice and dedication. Walking can deliver numerous benefits in different levels to the person especially in terms of self-confidence. Walking tall is being tall amidst all the challenges in your life.

This is part eight of 15 (yes, fifteen!) posts about The Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Self-Confidence, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking this link to receive free updates (not to mention a FREE E-Book!).

Part I: The Shocking Truth About Self-Confidence
Part II: 5 Little-Known Factors That Could Affect Your Confidence
Part III: 5 Surprising Characteristics of Someone Who Fears Rejection
Part IV: How to Cope With the Fear of Losing Your Loved One
Part V: How to Overcome the Fear of Failure
Part VI: Warning: Do Not Let Your Shyness Overpower You
Part VII: The Minimalist Guide to Good Posture

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When he is not busy watching "The Office" or playing 1st person shooting games, Argel consistently invests in the stock market, both local and global. He tinkers with his website, reads a lot of books, and loves to learn. He also helps Pinoys create, manage, grow, and protect their wealth as a licensed financial adviser. Get in touch with him by sending an email to contact[at]argeltiburcio.com

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