Sunday, August 1, 2010

Happy Feet, Part 2

If you missed out on Happy Feet, Part 1 I recommend you backtrack and check it out first. Once you've completed those stretches, we can go a bit deeper into the foot muscles. If anything here seems to hurt, please stop. Go back to doing Part 1 every day for 3-5 days and then come back to try this one again.
Ever needed to squat down during a taiko song and found that your feet couldn't handle it? Or that you could only last a few seconds before they started aching? Try this stretch out:

1. Sit on your knees, with toes curled under so that there is space between your ankles and the floor.
2. Place your hands on the floor in front of you, as far forward as you can go without lifting your butt off your knees.
3. Lift the knees slightly off the ground, supporting your body with a tight core and, keeping them at a level height, take them from side-to-side.

4. To deepen the above stretch, sit up and shift your weight gently from the hips, side to side. Again, remember to hold the core tight in order to keep movements stable and balanced, which reduces the chance of unplanned movement or injury.

Thanks for visiting and let me know what you think in the comments! Anyone interested in hand stretches? Let me know!

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