Stork walks are a super simple way to work your hips and core — which are critical to better balance. And better balance is the key to everything from athletic performance to a long, healthy, and independent life.
Plus, stork walks might just be more challenging than you think!
You can use stork walks as a warm-up before a workout. Or, try the stork walks at your office as a break from sitting at your desk. It’s a great way to wake up stiff and achy hips. The only risk will be that someone might think you’re preparing for a role as Frankenstein’s monster!
How to Do Stork Walks:
- Raise your arms straight out in front to shoulder level with your palms facing down.
- Place an arch in your lower back and relax your belly.
- Lift one leg up to ninety degrees (hip height), then step forward with that leg.
- Then, raise the other leg and repeat.
- Keep your ankle flexed at ninety degrees (don’t relax the foot).
- Keep your knee and toes in line with your hip (not flared out to the sides).
- Don’t round your upper body forward to help lift your knee. Make your hips do the work.
- Start with 1 set of 20 reps and work up to 3 sets over time.