Exercising your feet? Really? YEP! Exercising your feet is great not only for your feet (duh!) but it can also reduce your risk for injury.
Best exercise? Walking! When you walk, you put your foot through its full range of motion, from the time your heel hits the ground until you lift off with your toes. By the way, walking is one of the best forms of exercise for your entire body–if you do it like you mean it, it improves your cardiovascular health and can help your circulation, muscle tone, and mood.
As far as keeping your feet healthy, walking is not enough though. You also need to add flexibility and resistance exercises.
Flexibility exercises will help to keep your feet limber and therefore reduce your risk for injury. No matter how old you are, you can still improve your flexibility. The easiest way to build flexibility is through slow and gentle daily stretches, focusing on one group of muscles at a time.
Resistance exercises are important too because they strengthen your muscles, which then can provide you with better support and protect your feet much better.You do resistance exercises when your muscles work against some type of resistance, such as weights or exercise bands.
Foot flexibility and resistance exercises can be built it into your everyday routine, even while you are at work at your desk or standing in line at the check out counter. But before you do any foot exercises, be sure to take some time to stretch and strengthen the muscles in your feet. There you have it!