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March into Fitness: Happy Feet Challenge

In the pursuit of fitness, we often devote considerable attention to sculpting our muscles, improving cardiovascular health, and enhancing flexibility. However, amidst our rigorous workout routines, one crucial aspect of our body often goes overlooked – our feet. Despite being the foundation of our every movement, the strength and health of our feet are frequently neglected in gym settings. Yet, neglecting our feet can lead to a myriad of issues, from decreased athletic performance to chronic pain and injury. It’s time to shift our focus and recognize the importance of foot health in our overall fitness journey. By incorporating targeted foot strength workouts into our training regimen, we not only fortify the foundation of our body but also pave the way for improved stability, agility, and resilience. Let’s embark on a journey to prioritize our feet and stride towards a healthier, more balanced approach to fitness.

Incorporate the following into the balance, stretching or breathwork part of your workout or daily routine:

1. Toe Raises:

   – Sit comfortably in a chair with your feet flat on the ground.

   – Lift your toes off the ground while keeping your heels on the floor.

   – Hold this position for a few seconds, then lower your toes back down.

   – Aim for 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

2. Ankle Circles:

   – Sit or stand with your feet flat on the ground.

   – Lift one foot slightly off the ground and begin to rotate your ankle in a circular motion.

  – Perform 10-15 circles in one direction, then switch and perform 10-15 circles in the opposite direction.

   – Repeat with the other foot.

   – Aim for 2-3 sets per foot.

3. Calf Raises:

   – Stand with your feet hip-width apart, keeping your back straight and shoulders relaxed.

   – Slowly rise up onto the balls of your feet, lifting your heels as high as you can.

   – Hold this position for a moment, then lower your heels back down to the ground.

   – Aim for 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

4. Towel Scrunches:

   – Place a small towel flat on the ground in front of you.

   – Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the towel.

   – Use your toes to scrunch up the towel towards you.

   – Hold the scrunch for a few seconds, then release and straighten the towel back out.

   – Aim for 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

5. Finally, let’s don’t forget the significance of moisturizing your feet, as proper hydration is essential for maintaining their health and preventing issues like dry, cracked skin and fungal infections.

Remember to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of the exercises as your foot strength improves. Listen to your body and stop if you experience any pain or discomfort. This routine can be done 2-3 times per week as part of your overall fitness regimen.

Kyogle Together Inc. acknowledges the Gullibul, Githabul, Wahlubal and Banjalang people who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters within the Kyogle Local Government Area, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.