Sometimes it's the little things we do to keep on track for optimal health that make a difference. Most of the time they take just a few minutes, or even seconds, to do. Taking care of your feet is one such activity, and I ask you, what have you done for your feet lately? Our feet propel us into the world, move us around, and create a platform on which we stand, but we neglect them.
Here are two easy moves you can do, even before getting out of bed, to take care of your trotters.
- First, circle your ankles five times, then reverse the direction of the circle. This move will prime the ankles for motion and jump start your circulation.
- Then flex your feet, pulling your toes back toward your head. This stretch starts to lengthen your Achilles tendon and stretches the fascia on the bottom of the foot, called plantar fascia. When plantar fascia gets to tight, it can tear and become inflamed causing the quite debilitating problem of plantar fasciitis. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds. You can increase the intensity of this stretch by placing a strap (or the belt of a bathrobe) around the ball of your foot and pull both ends of the rope evenly with your hands (like this). For this variation, you might have to get out of bed though.
Take care of your feet and they will take care of you.