I badly sprained my ankle about 8 months ago and, a long story short, it’s only now getting better (everything was torn).
Even building up its strength via physiotherapy every day, walking on it still set it off — till the other day, when I discovered this.
Esther Gokhale goes into great depth when teaching “glidewalking” in her book. She also says walking this way — the proper way — will tone the buttocks, and you will feel a pull in those muscles when doing it right.
I’ve found a way which achieves this “proper” walk without having to memorize 15 photographs.
Introducing Happy Feet
Imagine you are walking on your hands. What would that be like? It would be kind of like a grabbing motion, like you’re grabbing the ground with each “step” to pull yourself along.
Now, when you next go for a walk, imagine your feet are hands, doing just this.
If you are anything like me, you don’t think about your legs at all while walking. It’s a very passive process. You let them move you along while thinking about other shit. Alas, all kinds of bad habits are thus born.
Now, make your legs part of you again. Allow your feet to pull you along, like you are gripping the floor with each step.
This will probably be exaggerated at first, but those old neural networks will quickly reactivate and you will be gliding along purposefully in no time. The “pull” in the buttocks (and in fact many muscles rarely used in the legs) will be the dead giveaway.
Strangely, walking like this actually feels happy. HAPPY FEET! 🙂
And my ankle no longer gives way just walking to the fucking pub.