Activity Avenue - Walking with a Twist
This exercise can be done with a dowel, golf club or any other stick. Walking with a twist will help you work on balance as well as help you work on range of motion of spine and hip rotation.
A Few Tips for Performing This Exercise
If you have a neck, back, shoulder or hip issue, you may want to make this exercise a little more gentle. Hold the stick below chest height, elbows bent. As you rotate toward the forward leg, rotate only 6 - 12 inches instead of rotating so far that you are looking to the side or behind you.
Performing the Exercise
Start with 10 walking strides forward plus 10 walking strides backward. Repeat 2 - 3 times as tolerated. Gradually increase the range of motion of your turn. To increase challenge you can also increase the size of your step forward or backwards.