Raises the heart rate – good to incorporate into your aerobic workout. Mobilises the ankle joint, strengthens walking muscles and improves co-ordination.
Make this easier
- Start slowly. Reduce the range of movement.
Make this harder
- Increase range of movement.
- Increase duration of exercise (do it for longer).
Think of a pumping action, lift one heel off the floor.
With control, lower the lifted heel to the floor.
Then lift the other heel. Repeat in a rhythmic motion, just raising one heel and lowering it, then the other. Use your hips to help you gain momentum. You won’t actually be ‘walking’.
Co-ordinate opposite arm and leg if appropriate.