Feet CAN move and SHOULD move.
I didn't realise this until about four years ago when I started my training in Restorative Exercise.
When our feet move, we improve our neurological, lymphatic and blood flow.
When our feet move, we mobilise the many joints and soft tissues which otherwise respectively stiffen and atrophy.
To bring movement to our feet, the easiest thing is to spend some time barefoot and exposing our feet to various natural textures.
Easy to do in the summer, but what about the winter?
Winter is the time to be more inventive!
My strategies to maintain my foot mobility during the colder months include: toe alignment socks, toe spreaders, balls, stones, self-massage, brief barefoot time outdoors and feet-friendly footwear.
👣 Take a step forward, keeping your heels down and your legs straight, keeping the ASIS (most prominent parts of the pelvis) pointing forward
👣 Focusing on the back leg, transfer the weight from the heel to the ball of the foot, and push the ground away from you with a straight leg
👣 The leg only bends to swing through, then is straight on landing, heel first.
I was interviewed by Kat Orman, at BBC Radio Oxford this morning, addressing neck, shoulder and back pain in the workplace.
Not easy in less than 10 minutes!
Here's a summary-ish in 6 letters:
B-reathing - notice when you're not.
R-elax - make the decision to...
O-bserve your habits - best way to make progress!
U-se your undermoved parts.
G-ravity is your friend.
H-elping you with Healthy movement Habits - that's my mission! Happy new year!
Your soleus muscles (one in each of your calves) are part of your cardiovascular system - look after them well!
Are you toe spreading or toe squishing?
Check your footwear if you're not sure!
wide toe box
room for your toes to spread and wiggle?
Mum of 4, nature lover, passionate about the power of human movement.