We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Hand Walking?

By Donn Saylor
Updated Jan 25, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Hand walking is a method of human locomotion in which an individual propels his or her body while in an upside-down position, settling the body's weight into the hands. This unusual skill is often seen in gymnastics, acrobatics, and circuses. Hand walking requires an exceptional amount of strength in the arms, and experts are often able to move around with just as much grace as if they were walking on their feet.

Before tackling the art of hand walking, professionals recommend a rigorous program of bodyweight exercises, specifically arm strength training exercises, such as push-ups and pull-ups. When the arms are sufficiently strengthened, the first step is mastering a handstand. A handstand lays the groundwork for hand walking, giving the individual an idea of how it feels to support the body from this new vantage point, how to develop coordination upside-down, and how to distribute the body's weight evenly throughout the arms and hands. Shoulder and wrist balance are also key aspects of a solid handstand and play important roles in properly walking on the hands. The ancient art of hand yoga, or mudras, can additionally help maintain balance as well as instill a sense of calm.

Control is the watchword of successful hand walking. At first, experts suggest taking very small steps, lifting the hand up off the ground slowly and placing it back down an easy distance ahead. This slow approach to hand walking ensures a cultivation of steadiness and control over the motion of the body — which, in such a curious position, will usually want to flail about and fall over. Taking it at a snail's pace in the beginning guarantees smoother, quicker steps in the future.

To further perfect control of the body, professionals advise a variety of techniques. One is to simply walk on the hands, stop, start walking again, stop, and keep repeating the process. Another exercise involves walking in new directions: backward, to the left, or to the right. Particularly seasoned hand walkers can test themselves by putting on some music and attempting to dance on the hands.

Though hand walking may seem to be a uniquely human skill, there are certain animals that give the appearance of walking on their hands. Cats and dogs, for instance, can be trained to walk on their front legs. There is also a certain breed of skunk that, when attacked, can walk on its front limbs to better propel its spray toward the enemy.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Related Articles

Discussion Comments
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.