Improve your foot fitness with the second round of 4 simple exercises. They strengthen the structure and muscles around your shins, calves, and ankles.
Exercise #5. Monopoly
Some of them can be easily done during chilling on the couch or talking on the phone.
Play a little game with your feet!
Strengthen your foot muscles with a toe grip exercise challenging the grip strength of your toes.
Place several small objects, like marbles or Monopoly pieces, on the floor in front of you.
Using your toes, pick them up one at a time and drop them into a cup or bowl. Do your best to complete two sets of 10 with each foot.
If you are competitive, you can start timing your trials ;o)
Exercise #6. Negative Calf Raises
Strengthen your toes, calf muscles, and Achilles tendon.
Stand on a step or any elevated object (hold on to a chair), heels hanging off, toes on the edge. Lift one leg up, and slowly drop the heel of your leg below the step. Lower it slowly (3-5s) all the way down.
Come back up and repeat 5x each foot.
Exercise #7. Toe Wave
Strengthen your calf and shin muscles.
Either seated or standing, alternately lift the toes of one foot, while lifting the heel of the other foot.
Contrary to the ankle pump, stay connected to the floor. Repeat 3x for 30s each side
Exercise #8. Towel Tug
Stretch your calf muscles by sitting with straight legs, looping a towel or band around your foot.
Pull the towel back toward yourself until you feel it stretching your calf, and hold for 30 seconds. Do this for both feet, completing two sets of 5 holds. Switch legs between holds.
Feet exercises do not have to be boring! Break it up with a few fun exercise so you stay motivated ;o)