Feet Series: start from the bottom.
Foot Nirvana. I spoke of this on my last post. Let's start taking baby steps (haha, pun intended) to getting there.
Take your foot out of your shoe/slipper/sock for more hours of the day than you had previously.
Wiggle, and stretch those toes!
Bring heel up and balance as far as you can on the front of your foot and get a gooooood stretch across the bottom of your foot. You should feel a stretch – not pain.
I do this easy stuff specifically before a lifting session and at least daily.
Posture: start paying attention to it.
When you casually stand, is your weight balanced evenly on both feet?
Do you feel your weight on the center of your foot and not too far on your toes or back on your heels? Adjust as needed.
Are you toes pointed forward when you're standing?
Take it Outside:
If your feet are used to being encased all day it's not going to take much to fatigue them in
the early days. Case in point, I was barefoot at the beach at low tide over the summer.
I experimented with different textures and shapes for my feet to play on and boy, were my feet muscles tired, stiff and sore the next day – lesson learned: progression!
Even a few rounds of down and back on our cobblestone pavers can be enough to loosen up my feet and get the blood flowing.
Admittedly, this is more pleasant to do during the summer on sun warmed pavers...
Walking and resting on rocks is great but I save it for after a lifting session.
The rocks help articulate my joins and stretch the top of my foot.
A Note on Texture: the bottom of your feet can be very sensitive to texture, temperature, etc. If they haven't seen much of the light of day. A rough side walk or even smooth pavers can be sensory overload and feel really uncomfortable. Know this and adjust accordingly: wear socks or really flexible shoes as part of YOUR progression.
This foot stuff can be done outside the gym – because you've got 23 other hours of the day and a myriad of other ways to care for YOU outside of your gym workout.