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Barefoot Exercise — How to Stay Light On Your Toes

3.     Foot Exercises.

Feet Ex 1 Feet Ex 2 Feet Ex 3

a) On bare feet, stand facing the back of a chair and place your hands on the back for support. Rise up on your toes as high as you can (see image). This is called reléve. Then, lower just the right heel back down. Feel most of your weight on the left ball of the foot that is still up on the toes. Push off the ball of the left foot and lift up the right heel to high reléve, and then lower the left foot flat. Alternate reléves from foot to foot for 20 reps.

Feet Ex 4

Feet Ex5b) Place a towel on the floor in front of a chair and sit toward the front of the chair. Place your toes on the towel (see image). Curl your toes and try to grasp the towel with your toes, then relax your toes back to flat. Repeat 10 times.

Remember, the health and fitness of your feet will directly effect your posture, gait, balance, and overall sense of well-being. Don’t neglect them!! In addition to the above footwork, you may want to consider getting one or more foot massage devices. These are two of my favorites that I use everyday on my feet.

Wooden Foot RollerWooden Foot Roller by Body back Company

Domed Hedgehog Style Balance PodsDomed Hedgehog Style Balance Pods


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