Walking on stilts is an art form that started many, many years ago either as a form of entertainment or as special skill while undergoing significant constructions. It will require you to stand above the ground using poles equipped with steps and working as your legs and feet. The key to this is all about balance. If you know your body well and have mastered balancing techniques, you can stilt walk by following these steps:
- Of course, you must first have the right equipment. A good pair of stilts should be smooth to the surface and should let you stand at least about six inches off the ground.
- Doing this alone may be difficult. You must always have someone with you as you attempt to walk on stilts, as there is a possibility you could get stuck when you lose your footing or fall off the stilts. Your companion can also help let you know if you're doing it wrong based on what she may be seeing. Pick a companion who knows about doing this, if possible.
- Find a rail or wall for support and balance, on first try.
- Now, hold on to the stilt on each hand then carefully put your foot on the peg, one at a time. Do not attempt to walk yet. Instead find your balance first.
- Practice falling off the stilts. This is also important as falling off backwards or sideways could potentially hurt you. The right way to fall on the stilts is by going forward and letting go of the stilts to so that it touches the ground first. Use our knees as support and never use your hands as you may risk breaking it. It may be a good idea to wear kneepads while you are practicing this, by the way.
- Once you are all set, try doing a few steps while in place first, sort of like marching in place. This is to that you will get a feel of it and find your comfort zone. Getting comfortable while walking on stilts is very important. Doing this the first time may take patience and perseverance, but keep on trying and do not give up.
- If you are already comfortable, take a few steps forward and see where it goes while trying to keep your balance.
- When you get the hang of it, try taller stilts next.
This activity should be fun to do once you have mastered it. The skill is pretty special as not everyone can actually walk on stilts and only a few people are doing it these days. It would also be good to take note to avoid bumpy pavements, cobblestone areas or wet surfaces, as this may unnecessarily cause accidents. Don’t also attempt to walk on stilts on a downhill pavement. While this sounds like a great idea to try and learn, always remember that safety should be a big priority.