Muscles stretched: tops of feet, ankles, Achilles tendon, calves, shins
How to: First off, if my sister sees this she will definitely make fun of me for the lack of flexibility and arch in my foot…she is a former ballerina. She used to love to torture me by making me try on her pointe shoes when we were kids…NOT FUNNY! (Props to all ballerinas out there…those shoes HURT) Anyway…whether you are new to fitness, advanced in fitness, or not into fitness at all, (you still walk around) this stretch is for you. It feels so good to take your shoes off at the end of the day and stretch your feet and ankles, but honestly how many people actually do that? Give it a try. This photo just shows pointing and flexing the feet, but you can take it even further by rotating the ankles in circles clockwise and counter-clockwise. You can use this stretch first thing in the morning, after a long day, or before and/or after your workout. If you are not very flexible ( like me!) when you point your toes you may feel a lot of pulling or stretching in the tops of your feet. When you flex the feet and pull the toes back you may feel the stretch even up the back of your leg into your calves.
How long: Start by holding each position for about 5 seconds each moving slowly from “A” to “B” for 5 repetitions. Then hold each position for 15 seconds on your 6th rep.
Disclaimer: this post does not claim to cure any medical issues you may be having. Please speak with your healthcare professional before embarking on any fitness routine.
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