Unkink the Hose: Ankle Circles
"With an estimated 100,000 - 200,000 exteroceptors in the sole of each foot, your feet are among the most nerve-rich parts of your body.” Source: http://bit.ly/1rEg10J
“… your feet are among the most nerve-rich parts of your body.” Couldn’t have said it any better. For this reason, we prefer people exercise barefoot instead of in shoes. In bare feet, your brain has the best opportunity to make an informed decision. However, just because you’re now barefoot doesn’t mean movement comes more easily.
There are numerous joints between your foot and your brain. If any of these joints are damaged or restricted, it’s like a kink in a hose. The information is impeded. That’s why the exercise above is so clutch!
Ankle Circles help unkink the hose. If the ankle is “stiff,” opening it up can help you move better. Here’s how it works.
1… While standing, point your toes into the floor, crushing your toe nails.
2… Slowly start to roll the heel towards the pinky toe side.
3… Continue to apply pressure to the toes as you roll over them all.
4… Sweep the heal slowly. Try to make all the motion come from your foot.
5… Roll back over the big toe, crushing the toe nail again. Then reverse.
Perform 3 repetitions in each direction, doing 3 in one direction, then 3 in the other. A lot of RD members report feeling more confident on their feet, having better posture, and increased coordination. Some of this can be attributed to barefoot training and opening up the joints between the foot and the brain.