The human foot and ankle is a strong and complex mechanical structure containing exactly 26 bones, 33 joints (20 of which are actively articulated), and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments. (thanks wiki)
Our feet start to form in the 7th week of pregnancy... I find babies feet soooo darn cute, I just want to bite them and tickle them.... I don't know why many people find feet gross.... Yeah... okay, you get calluses and ingrown toe nails and maybe athletes foot and all that funky stuff but if you take care of your feet, they aren't THAT bad, right!
As a baby your foot was a whole lot of fat that you didn't pay any attention to. Until one day you realised... hold on, whaaat are those weird lumps on the end of my legs??? you stuck them in your mouth to taste that yummy big toe- mh mhm mmmmhhhm- and eventually you crawl, walk, run and jump with those little buggers!
NOW, they aren't as fascinating to most of us any more (dare you to try to suck your big toe now). Most people hardly ever walk barefoot, ever really think about the important body part that carries us and NEVER think about feet exercises!
Feeling grass, sand and stones under my feet makes me feel more alert, grounded and connected to earth. It wakes me up in a way, gets me back into reality.
Walking barefoot prevents you from getting injuries (you train your muscles in your feet) you get strong feet, calluses (might not look so nice but its good for you) and it might take that back ache away.
Here are some tips to optimise those wonderful feet of yours!
- every morning and every night, in bed, couch, on the toilet, where ever you feel like it, spread those toes as much as you can (I have not met one person who can really do this and we should be able to do it! I have been practicing and getting better each week!!!)
- Then curl your toes as hard as you can and stretch them out
- Cross your big toe over your second toe and VICE VERSA
- At the end circle your whole foot one way and the other way
- Repeat every move until your feet are tired (5-10 times)
- after a couple weeks try to write your name with your foot (with a pen in between your toes on a piece of paper, not in the sand) and yes, without sticking your tongue out or cramping your hands up lol
(caution-- you might discover new muscles you didn't realise you've had)
Then? Get outside to your nearest park or beach (if you are lucky enough) and walk barefoot (watch out for dog poop, glass and spiky things)
And reward yourself with some easy tasty carbs for burning off that foot fat--
Quick and simple Spaghetti
- Packet of spaghetti (I used GF)
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- a can of diced tomatoes
- home made red pesto (or store bought, check the ingredients though ;)
- Parsley/ Basil/ Oregano/ Thyme
- splash of soy sauce
- Parmesan (optional)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- While you are boiling the spaghetti
- Heat olive oil in a pan and add chopped onion and garlic
- add the can of tomatoes, let simmer on medium heat
- add any herbs you like and want
- add the pesto (home made- two hand fulls of soft sun dried tomatoes, a hand full of sunflower seeds, 2-3 TBSP olive oil, salt and pepper, a clove of garlic and a splash of lemon-- chuck it all into a blender and blend until smooth)
- let simmer some more and add the soy sauce
- salt and pepper to taste