When we think about strength feet and hands are often the two body parts most neglected in our training. Lets just take a moment to think about that…….
We all want to get stronger, but we don’t train the things that actually come into contact with objects we want to move (hands) or more importantly help us move and generate force -namely our feet!
Each foot is made up of 28 bones, 30 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligmaents all working together to provide support, balance and mobility.
Over the last 20 years a multi-million pound industry has sprung up around minamilst shoes and barefoot running. However much you want to you can’t just dive right into it, using this method to strengthen your feet actually takes some prep work.
Long before minamilst shoes and bare foot running coaching were a thing. Runners and other athletes were doing work on their feet to help prevent the injuries that come with training and competing.
I’m going to take you through two exercises I learned from an early age and have helped me throughout my training and coaching career.
The towel scrunch is a really easy exercise all you need to do is put a towel on the floor and scrunch it up under your foot. If you want a real challenge when you have pulled it all the way in try and push it back out just using your toes.
Another simple one put a pen on the floor, pick it up and put it down just using your toes.
Simple as that……
You can do these as part of your warm up or cool down routine, while your watching tv or working at your desk. When I was young my dad would make this a game, he was a postman for fourty three years and a distance runner his whole life so he knows a thing or two about looking after his feet.
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