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The Physics of “Touching toes with back and heels against a wall”

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If you are standing with your heels against a wall, you cannot touch your toes.Why?

(Asked Camille )


When you are standing against a wall or otherwise, the centre of gravity (the point through which the weight of the body acts; vertically downwards) lies within the area covered by feet, the base.

Normally when we lean forward, the body is so adjusted that the centre of gravity lies within the base.

But when we are standing against a wall, the body cannot adjust itself to adjust the centre of gravity within the base as the backward motion is restricted by the wall. Therefore when we try to lean forward, the CG is shifted out of the base and we tend to fall.

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