Regular exercise and proper nutrition is important for everyone, and its importance continues (if not increases!) as we age because both exercise and a healthy diet help prevent a variety of ailments including cardiovascular disease, obesity, and fall risk behaviors. Often the term “exercise” is applied to our arms, legs, and core; but how often do we think to give our feet a workout?
The truth is that feet, ankles, and toes need to be trained
like any other part of the body.
Arguably, they require an even greater emphasis considering how most people in society wear shoes that limit, constrict, and bind their feet into unnatural positions, ultimately promoting dysfunction of the lower extremity. Unfortunately, this fact is often overlooked, and many believe that degeneration in feet function is simply a part of growing older.
Our bodies do age and, inevitably, that has an effect on us; however, it does not have to be to such a severe degree as society has been led to believe. Better yet, now that you do know, there is something you can do about it, beginning with attending our Barefoot Strong workshop in March.
Holly Carpenter is a the Small Groups Personal Trainer at Body Moves. She recently received her certification as a Barefoot Training Specialist.
In preparation for a new BARE® class to be offered at Body Moves this spring, Holly will lead a one-hour workshop at 4:30PM on Wednesday, March 30.
In the workshop, students will learn how barefoot training engages the small stabilizing muscles of the foot and ankle, increasing their strength to improve balance and overall movement. The better the feet and ankles function, the better the innervation all they way up the kinetic chain.
Holly was trained on the science of foot to core sequencing under podiatrist and human movement specialist Dr. Emily Splichal. Dr. Splichal is also the creator of BARE®, a unique workout that combines the benefits of barefoot, balance, bodyweight and body tension training, highlighting breath & pelvic floor connections, and fascial tension.
Join us on Wednesday, March 30,
and learn more about the many benefits of barefoot training!