Anyone with an interest in fitness will know that exercise needs to work as much of your body as possible. That’s why most regular gym goers have a programme to target legs, arms, core, shoulders and so on.
Did you know that you can also exercise your toes? This can have far-reaching benefits. These ‘yoga for toes’ ideas can be fitted into spare moments when you are barefoot.
Exercise targeted at the toes actually works the complex arrangement of muscles in the foot. That helps to prevent injuries and is particularly important for runners and distance walkers.
These should all be done with bare feet on a mat or carpet.
Heel-sit: kneel down with toes on the ground, pointing forwards. Let the position stretch out your feet, and then gently push down through big toes for a further stretch.
Towel squash: stand with one foot on the mat and the other placed forward on a towel. Then use your toes to scrunch up the towel, with the rest of the foot on the ground. Repeat 15 times – don’t trip up!
Child’s pose: finish by returning to a kneeling position, but this time with toes pointing backwards so the top of your foot is on the mat. Be careful not to strain knees if you are not used to this position.
If your feet are hurting, they are telling you something – so listen to what your feet say! Don’t punish them with bad shoes, regardless of fashion.
It is also important to remember that exercise footwear has a limited life. That applies particularly to running shoes. Worn out trainers can affect your gait and even cause injury. Take the time to choose the right running shoes for you – that may not be the ones you have worn before because feet and gait can change.
Toes take a lot of wear and tear, so don’t forget them in your exercise programme.
Really? Who on earth would bother with this? I would love to hear from anyone who actually does this.
Hahahahaha heard it all now!
whatever next? But I do like 'spare moment' exercise and it is definitely bare feet weather!