Improve your walking fun and your joint health with what I call Wave Walking. I started using myself as a test subject. I was bored and started Wave Walking to do something different. After my first one-half hour of Wave Waking I noticed muscles that had been seemingly sleeping for many years suddenly wake up. The next day, muscles I forgot I had were letting me know they were awake.
What you need: Nothing you do not already have.
How you do it: Look at the picture. Notice the path is divided into two sections? One for traffic in each direction? You walk forwards, weaving back and forth from the right side to the center and back. Make your waves as big or small as you wish. Starting out I suggest walking in long smooth waves as you will find muscles that are normally dormant from linear walking start to wake up.
Benefits: After a few weeks my feet felt more relaxed, my ankles, knees, hips and lower back felt stronger than they have felt in a long time. My back muscles had loosened up. My hips and knees felt stronger. I think what happened is from mostly linear walking, we only use muscles and those parts of muscles that have to do with linear movement.
Sidewalks, walking paths, running tracks, trails, parks, anywhere you normally walk is a good place to Wave Walk. You can Wave Walk anywhere foot traffic is light enough you won’t bump into anyone while weaving along your walking path.
The first few times you may feel a little conspicuous, and self conscious. This is normal, we all feel as if we stand out from the crowd when we are do something new. Wait a few weeks, and it will catch on, and you will be one of the crowd again!