We are often unaware of the importance of our feet. However, they support all body movements and they really do work hard during every physical activity. The experts say that you should take really good care of your feet in order to prevent pain in the hips, knees, or back.
For thousands of years, acupressure was used for treating different conditions and promoting relaxation and wellness. The method works by putting precise pressure on certain points on the body. The points follow certain channels, known as meridians, very similar in the case of acupuncture.
Here are 5 exercises that improve balance, strengthen the feet, and soothe the pain:
1. Toe press
Toe presses are a great way to warm up the leg muscles. All you have to do is to bend the knees while standing and grip the floor with the toes. Then, hold in that position and count to 3. Repeat this 3 times per day, by doing 10 sets.
2. Toe Pencil Pickups
This exercise is very easy, simple, and fun to perform. You just need to place a pencil on the ground, and lift it off, hold it for 10 seconds, and release it. You need to make 5 repetitions for both feet.
3. Toe walking
One of the most effective ways to strengthen toe muscles and ligaments of the feet. You just have to stand on your tiptoes and move forward for 20 seconds. Then, rest for 15 seconds, and repeat 5 more times. For ultimate results, perform it 2 times per day.
4. Resisted Flexion
This exercise targets the small muscles in the foot, responsible for the balance. In addition, it tightens the muscles and prevents injuries.
One should start this exercise by sitting on the floor with the feet straightened in front of your body. Then, place the band on the top of the feet, and lean backward to tighten it. Lastly, band the foot backward and hold for 5 seconds. Make a 10-second break, and repeat 10 times.
5. Ankle circles
Proper flexibility and mobility of ankles is of high importance for your health. On the other hand, tight and restricted ankles may cause an overload of the body, leading to muscle and joint pain, hip, knee, and even back pain.
Therefore, while lying on your back, just extend your leg over the head. Rotate the ankle clockwise for 10 seconds and rotate the same, extended leg`s ankle counterclockwise. Switch legs and repeat the exercise.