You’ve got to work at keeping the back foot facing forward - that’s the hard part. Lifting your arms isn’t required, but it makes your legs work harder automatically. You’ll wobble and shake at first, but stability builds quickly - your body wants to do it right. When you get good at it, close your eyes. A minute or two per day on each side is a good practice; longer if you like.
If you want to live with your own happy hips for the long game, you’ve got to practice having happy hips now.
Seriously; they deserve it. Tiny but mighty, they take hit after hit all day long, carrying all your weight, putting up with your crazy shoes, and allowing you to just sag your carcass on top of them while you stand around, forgetting that gravity is crushing you - and them - every minute of the day.
It’s no wonder our plantar fascia falls apart, and if yours haven’t yet, lucky you, but for sure we all know what it feels like to have tired, aching feet at the end of a long day.
Do you thank your feet, for all they do for you? Do you give them the love and care they need?
I’m not talking pedicures, people. It doesn’t have to cost money to give your feet the love they deserve.
But your body is designed to heal, feel good, and function without pain for 100 years. We blame the body when it breaks down, but mostly it is the world we've created, and the way we live in it. Your body does the best it can, until it can't anymore.