Feet. They carry us everywhere we want to go, they support us and balance us as we push our bodies to new limits, and they have muscles just like the rest of us.
A lot of people neglect their feet as vital to their workout routine, but think about how different working out would be without them. This means they need some serious love, just like the rest of your body.
Ever had the sole of your foot cramp up? It is excruciatingly painful, your toes get stuck curled, and it's difficult to get rid of. When I was running every day, just pointing my toes in bed in the morning could make my feet cramp up. The cause of this pain? Pounding on my feet every day while neglecting to stretch them and wearing too many high heels and sandals.
Heels may make your legs look good, but they are killer on the feet! I'm not saying don't ever wear them, there are too many cute pairs of shoes out there for me to promote a high heel free world. But, use caution and wear them sparingly, especially when putting your feet through new tortures they aren't used to. And if you find yourself wearing heels a lot because of work or a lot of dress up occasions, try inserts or heels with support built in. Also, be cautious of the angle the shoes put your feet at. The more pressure on the ball of your foot, the worse. My favorite type of heel? Ones with hidden platforms in front. They give you height, but reduce the angle of impact.
Don't forget to stretch! I can be terrible at stretching any part of me, but my feet definitely get missed the most. My favorite foot stretch is going into child's pose and putting the balls of my feet into the floor. There are some great tactics involving wine bottles, tennis balls, or lacrosse balls; all of which just require you to roll your foot over them to help rub out any tension (think foam rolling for the soles of your feet).
There are some more great tips about how to take care of your feet and prevent injury from fitsugar.com. This article talks specifically about runner's feet, but if you do any sort of plyometrics or sports where you're moving on your feet a lot, this advice is helpful.
So remember to give your feet some tender loving care today, and every day!
I'm Amanda K; lover of fitness, sweets, veggies, adventure, travel, and happiness.