Great post by TFC Educator @themvmtpts
When it comes to foot strengthening, this should be a staple. A strong arch is something that will help build the foundation that is your beautiful body. This will be hard at first, but work on splaying those toes, and try this out. Be consistent, try holding for 3 seconds at a time, work your way up
cramping is okay….just rest it and try again. Means you’re using muscles that are weak and not used to being fired
This exercise has been demonstrated to be one of the best for helping engage muscle activity from muscles that help create an arch. Namely, this includes the abductor hallucis muscle, which is known to be a very important muscle involved in this function (circled intrinsic muscle). This exercise has been shown to be more effective in engaging this muscle than commonly prescribed exercises such as the towel scrunch
Keep in mind that many other muscles will contribute to the movement (as in all movements...which don't care what muscles you're using), but it is still some sweet sweet validation that this exercise is effective in its purpose
remember, arches are strong!! And more active movement is better than less, so keep working on expanding that movement schema, and gaining control over your body!
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