If you want to stay physically and mentally fit, you need to exercise regularly. If you want to exercise regularly, your feet and ankles need to be able to keep up with the pounding you dish out to them when you are jogging or working out. And if you want your feet to be able to keep up, you need to exercise them as well.
Exercising your feet and ankles not only can improve your workouts, it also can reduce the chances of injury. The great thing is that you can keep your feet and ankles in shape through simple exercises you can do at home or at work.
Here are some quick, easy, and effective feet and ankle exercises that can keep you on the road to wellness:
- Ankle Pump-Ups. Every step you take from your heel to your toe requires flexibility and muscle strength. You can increase your ankle flexibility as well as strengthen the muscles in the front of your shins by pulling your foot up as if you were trying to reach the front of your shins with your toes. Hold like that for 10 seconds, doing three sets of 10. Try to do these exercises three times per day if possible.
- Ankle pump-downs. Focusing on the same flexibility and strength as ankle pump ups, but for the calves, push your foot down and point your toes away from you towards the floor. Like with the pump-ups, hold for 10 seconds and do three sets of 10.