“Looks like you’re limping a bit,” my husband observed as we walked a neighborhood sidewalk. My mind had floated off to other matters and I wasn’t aware of an imbalance in my steps. Now, with my attention on my body, I could feel a twinge of subtle protest in my right hip.
“Heel, ball, heel, ball,” I chanted mentally, bringing full focus to my feet. “Heel, ball, heel, ball,” letting the words guide each foot to a solid, smooth connection with the path. The relief was almost immediate. No jarring, no limping, no pain.
“Heel, ball, heel, ball.” I continued, invoking a walkers’ abracadabra—a magic phrase that restores posture, balance, and even energy. In recent weeks, I’ve relied on skilled body workers to nudge and knead my skeletal structure into alignment following a fall. To sustain their efforts, I’ve returned to the basics of walking.
First, Get Grounded
Walking begins with getting on your feet, but once we get moving we quickly forget how vital those feet are in maintaining support and comfort for the rest of the body. So, give this a try, and see!
At the beginning of a walk, a few mental repetitions of “heel, ball, heel, ball” will help you set out in good walking form. Each step begins at the back of your foot and rolls smoothly forward, to the ball. Consciously feel the ground beneath your feet. “Heel, ball, heel, ball, heel, ball.”
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