3 Easy Exercises for Fitter Feet

Prepare your feet for "barefoot" running with these podiatrist-approved exercises.
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Ankle Rotations

Tie a light resistance band in a loop, then tie a clothesline-weight cord to the knot. Sit in a chair. Extend your legs, keeping your heels on the floor and toes pointing up. Put the loop around your left foot and under your right foot. Hold the cord in your right hand. With your left hand on your left knee, turn the toes of your left foot out, then back to the center. Do this 10 times. Then point your toes lower and repeat the exercise for 10 repetitions. Repeat both sequences with your right foot.
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Toe Curls

Run in place barefoot for 40 seconds, then do towel toe curls for 20 seconds. The curls: Sit or stand with a towel flat on the ground in front of you. Place your left foot on the towel. Using the toes of that foot, gradually pull the towel toward you. Switch feet. Repeat the one-minute sequence three times.
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Two-Footed Twisty Hops

Stand with hands on hips, your knees slightly bent, your feet hip-width apart and your toes pointed forward. Hop and turn both feet to the left, then hop back to the center. Hop and turn your feet to the right, then hop back to the center again. Keep your upper body still and facing forward as you hop. Repeat 15 to 20 times to each side. Then switch to hopping backward, back to the start position and then forward; repeat 15 to 20 times. Next: The Ultimate Marathon/Half-Marathon Training Guide
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