Each month at Move Move we set ourselves a Move of the Month Challenge. Throughout the month we focus on mastering that move. Sometimes our Move of the Month is just one move, other times it maybe a series of moves. But our aim is to progress in some way.
Our move this month is Ankle Press on the Pilates Chair. But before we get into the specifics let’s talk about your feet.
If you were to ask me which is the most often neglected body part in general exercise programs my instant response would be the feet! Your feet form the basis of everything you do upright – standing whilst watching the kids play footie, running for the train, walking around the shopping centre. So they get a lot of work all day, every day. Your feet and ankles are key in transferring the forces that go through your body every time you take a step.
We’re all guilty of making poor shoe choices – heels, thongs, those favourite sneakers that are falling apart. Yet, we pay no attention to our feet – until they start to hurt. Maybe an unfortunate incident with the gorgeous but impractical 3-inch heels on the weekend led to an ankle sprain or maybe you’ve been diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis (a common foot issue). Whatever the case, giving your feet and ankles some TLC can go a long way to preventing injuries and common foot problems. And we’re not talking about a trip to the nail salon for a luxury pedicure!
Pilates gives us so many options for working your feet and ankles. Starting with the fact that we don’t wear shoes whilst doing Pilates! From footwork on the reformer, to muscle release with the hedgehogs or spiky balls, to balance exercises. All of these together work your feet and ankles, sometimes without you even realising it.