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Strengthen your feet with these kickass exercises by Yasmin Karachiwala

Published on:31 May 2021, 12:04pm IST
Have you ever paid attention to your feet? If not, it's high time you should. In her recent post, celebrity fitness trainer Yasmin Karachiwala has shared some exercises that we can’t wait to try out.
Aayushi Gupta
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We have a question for you—how often do you work out your feet? Yes, you heard it right, we said FEET! Well, if you don’t know what to say, let’s just break it to you that your feet are an important part of your body, especially because they carry your weight day in and day out. Regular physical activity can help to improve the strength and flexibility of your feet and ankles, while weak feet are more susceptible to injuries and affect your day-to-day life.

However, you don’t need to panic, because you can make your feet stronger with some exercises recommended by celebrity fitness trainer Yasmin Karachiwala. The workout is not just simple, it’s super effective!

Here’s what Yasmin said in her Instagram post:

The most neglected part of our body plays the most important role, it carries our weight around day after day. Here are some exercises for you to show some love to your body part that helps you move,” she adds.

Yasmin has advised her audience to do three sets of six reps for each exercise. 

Check out her post here:

So without further ado, let’s get to the exercises:

1. Toe lifts

This exercise can strengthen your feet and improve your balance.

Here’s how you can do this exercise:
  • Stand with your feet about hip-width apart, keep your back straight and look forward.
  • Lift your toes up off the ground.
  • Hold the pose for one to two seconds.
  • Continue breathing.
  • Lower your toes.
  • Repeat six times, and do three sets a day.
2. Alternate heel lifts

The purpose of this exercise is to strengthen the calf muscles that support your ankles.

Here’s how you can do this exercise:
  • Stand with your feet about hip-width apart, look forward, and make sure your back is straight.
  • You can also take the support of a wall or counter for balance only.
  • Slowly raise your left heel off the floor, while bending the knee and keeping the other leg straight.
  • Hold the pose for one to two seconds.
  • Slowly lower your heel to the floor.
  • Do the same with the right leg as well.
  • Repeat six times, and do three sets a day.
3. Alternate foot lift on heels

This exercise is quite similar to a toe raise, but in this case, you need to lift your foot. This exercise helps you to work on your foot muscles, without the risk of injury. The aim of this exercise is to strengthen the tibialis anterior or the muscle in front of the shin. 

Here’s how you can do this exercise:
  • Begin with standing on your feet, and look forward.
  • Raise your left toe (not heel), and hold for two to three seconds. While lifting, transfer the weight on your heel.
  • Then slowly lower back onto your feet.
  • Do the same with the other leg.
  • Repeat six times, and do three sets a day.
4. Relevè

This exercise is designed to strengthen your knee and calf. If you feel any pain, then stop doing the exercise immediately.

Here’s how you can do this exercise:
  • Ensure the surface is stable, so that it’s easy to maintain balance.
  • Stand on your feet, shoulder-width apart, and keep your knees straight.
  • Raise both your heels off the floor, as far as you can go, pushing your whole body up.
  • Slowly return to the floor
  • Repeat six times, and do three sets a day.
5. Alternate ball of foot to toes

This exercise engages your toes, heels, and knees. 

Here’s how you can do this exercise:
  1. Stand on your feet, shoulder-width apart, keep your back straight and look forward.
  2. Now, raise your left leg heel off the floor and balance on the toe. Next, slowly lift the toe and balance on the tip of the fingers.
  3. And in the same manner, return to the floor engaging the tip of the fingers, the toe and then the heel.
  4. Do the same with your right leg.
  5. Repeat six times. Do three sets a day.

So ladies, take it slow and steady, and strengthen your feet.

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