PILATES FOR YOUR FEET IS THE MARCH THEME AT CLUB RHYTHM
Pilates is an excellent method, not only for helping to correct foot problems, but also for increasing ankle stability, flexibility, alignment and propulsion in healthy individuals.
Pilates himself seemed to emphasize the feet in workouts. Always starting with footwork on the chair or reformer and inventing interesting gadgets like the toe stretcher and foot corrector, which can correct imbalances all the way up into your hips.
80% of us have foot pain at some point in our lives. The major culprit of foot pain is shoes that do not fit properly or that force our feet into unnatural shapes.
Our feet are very small compared to the rest of our body so the impact of each step we take exerts a huge amount of force on those poor little guys. This force is about 50% greater than our body weight.
On average we take between 3,000 to 4,000 steps per day, this means that our feet support a combined force equivalent to several hundred tons every day!
The foot is affected not only by the natural structure of the body but also by what we do professionally, by nutrition, by the shoes we wear and by the climate in which we live. The foot was not created to be constantly strapped into shoes. Biomechanically, the foot was constructed to feel the earth’s varying terrain using proprioceptors for balance and stability.
The construction of most shoes does not allow for the correct distribution of weight, and this problem is compounded by walking on flat surfaces much of the time. This weakens the supportive musculature and impedes proper shock absorption in the body.
Nothing in our body works in isolation so remember that your feet are part of an intricate, connected system, not just an auxiliary appendage.
Through the month of March while the focus will be to correct foot problems, increasing ankle stability, mobility and flexibility remember to do your best to keep your entire body in alignment:
Aligning ankle, knew and hip joints
Engaging your core for trunk stability
Relaxing and stabilising your shoulders for stability
By the end of March your feet will feel better, your ankle joints more stable and mobile … you will feel more balanced and confident in your walking or running.