Hillocks might be a better word. Even more precise, glacial moraines. However these inclines are named, they do require exertion to ascend on foot.
Which is what I found myself doing several weeks ago, returning from a walk through the pines and an inspection of the blackberry field. Observing Self, I noted each foot and leg was being lifted for every stride forward. That is Step One of an Alexander Technique practice: Self-Awareness/Self-Observation.
Step Two asks us to Inhibit. Simply stop with what we are doing. Then get curious. ‘If I’m not going to continue lifting, what might the body wish to do instead?‘ Often, that is enough to change a movement pattern.
And/or, Step Three: Directions can be offered, such as, ‘Propel the body forward via the back foot. Give attention to the back leg and foot of the stride, rather than the front.’
Walking uphill was transformed into an altogether satisfying and easeful ascent. Instead of a task requiring completion (i.e.–mount the summit), I experienced full-bodied engagement with the hill and my surroundings.
Wishing for you a good sweat up an incline today, whether on your treadmill or through the neighborhood. Observe Self. Inhibit. Direct. It’s the Alexander Technique Way to get through a day and up a hill—