Part 2 - Foundations
Feet are your foundation. You wouldn't expect a house with weak foundations to survive many years of use and bad weather, however many of us expect our feet to take the strain of shoes and movement without a second thought as to their health.
Unhappy feet leads to bunions, hammer toes, plantar fasciitis and athlete's foot. The easiest way to avoid of resolve these is to go barefoot as much as you can.
Your ability to move well comes from toes, particularly your big toe, being able to move independently. There are plenty of ways you can strengthen and flex your feet even while at work or leisure ion the sofa.
Your feet input valuable sensory information to the brain about balance and where you body is in space. In hard soles, or cushioned shoes, these signals are dampened, or non-existent. Moving with feet that can't feel increases the risks of trips and falls.
Feet feeling a bit unloved?
A quick self-massage will boost sensory input from your feet, flex the toes and help avoid plantar fasciitis.
Test your balance
Maintaining good balance is crucial for all sports, especially when you consider that running is just balancing on one leg over and over!
You will restore your body's ability to sense where it is in space, which guards against trips and falls as you're more responsive to uneven ground and obstacles.
If you don't have a plank of wood handy, just draw or tape a line along the floor. The inline walking is great for activating hips.
This video is part of a 5 day series - all available on You Tube.
Breathe through your nose for all these exercises.
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