Texan and recent Golden Globe winner, Matthew McConaughey, is just one of many celebrities who reportedly practice yoga. You’ve read about it, thought about it, your friends have begged you to join them, but you just haven’t taken the leap yet. What are you waiting for? The New Year is a great time to change up your workout routine and keep your foundation healthy. That’s right yoga for feet—it’s all the rage!
Ok, you may not see that as an advertising slogan at yoga studios in Austin, but there are many foot health benefits to this form of exercise. The feet are important for being grounded during poses, and they must support the body in the various positions that are at the core of yoga. Strong, happy feet not only help you have a great workout, they also make each day more enjoyable.
Weight maintenance is one goal of this type of exercise that benefits the feet and ankles. Remember, that each pound that you weigh has a direct impact on your lower extremities. Poses require balance, and as you practice, the muscles of your feet and ankles will begin to strengthen. Not only will you impress your instructor, you will begin to notice a positive impact on your feet as well.
Certain poses actually focus on stretching the muscles of the feet. For instance, from the mountain pose, you can lift your toes in isolation and together. Put your feet behind you during the Thunderbolt pose, and place the bottom of your toes on the mat. This will flex the soles of the feet and the toes simultaneously.
Keeping your feet healthy is a great goal for 2014, and it can be fun! At Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists, Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS believe that healthy feet and ankles are foundational to your overall wellness. Don’t ignore discomfort. Call today for expert podiatric care. Dial (512) 328-8900, or visit us online to schedule an appointment.
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