“Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness”
– Edward Stanley
The feet are often the most neglected part of the body. Most of the times, this is so because people are simply unaware of the importance of feet health. For starters, of all the external aspects of our body, it is our feet which possibly work the hardest every day. It is imperative to keep the foundation of your body healthy.
The term gait is used to refer to the cycle of walking that starts from the feet. To spell it out succinctly, at any given point of time, our legs bear a part of or complete weight of our body. Irrespective of what you are doing, are feet are always under pressure. If one was to take better care of the feet, it would help prevent back, hip and knee pain. Here are some exercises that you might undertake to ensure that your feet stay healthy.
Before undertaking any exercise it is important to ensure that your feet are properly warmed up. This ensures better blood circulation and thus reduces the chances of cramps while exercising. All you have to do is to bend the knees while standing, grip the floor with the toes, and hold this position for three seconds. Release and then do a set of ten repetitions, three times daily.
One of the most effective ways to strengthen toe muscles and ligaments of the feet, toe walking is an extremely effective exercise for the same. You should start this exercise by standing on your tiptoes and then walk forward for around twenty seconds. Take a break for fifteen and then repeat the exercise five times.
Ankles, devoid of flexibility and mobility may turn out to be a big problem. If these joints are tight then it may lead to a lot of health complications like joint pain as well as knee and back pain. To perform this exercise, you need to put your back on the floor and then extend one leg to the head. Rotate the ankle clockwise for ten seconds and then rotate the same, extended leg`s ankle counterclockwise. Switch legs and repeat the procedure.
This particular exercise aims to strengthen smaller muscles of the foot which are harder to train. It is no big secret that strengthening tiny muscles leads to a greater boost overall.
One should start this exercise by preferably sitting on the floor with the feet straightened out in front of your body. Wrap an exercise band around a chair and then put the band on your feet. Slide back while sitting on the floor until you feel the tension in the band. Bend the foot backward and hold for five seconds. Do 10 repetitions.