So here's the exercise: Stand on one foot.
|Be subtle, no one will know|
I do it in the elevator, with all my stuff (lunch, drinks, purse, day timer) on one side. Let me assure you, this is hard. Not only am I fighting the unbalanced weight, but the movement of the elevator and the little bounce at the end when the elevator stops. Try it sometime, that little bounce at the end is a son of a bitch on one foot.
I have to admit, I wear flat shoes, so you ladies who love the high heels--good luck with that.
I know, you're yawning. So go and stand on one foot. How long can you do it?
Well, I don't know how long I can do it. I get to a minute, then I get bored and stop. Yeah, lazy. I think I could go to a minute and a half.
And while a minute is good for a woman in her 60's, it's not particularly good for a woman in her 30s. Here are the stats.
And while I'm good with my eyes open, I'm awful with them closed. So, blech!
There is some technique to this.
1. Don't raise your free leg until your hips are in the correct position.
2. Using your arms and hands to balance is an opportunity to practice slow and graceful movments.
3. Don't raise your arms above shoulder level after your leg gets tired.
4. You can practice rising on the ball of your foot and setting back down as an exercise in building strength in your ankles.
So, that's it. Simple, subtle, useful.