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SET FOOT

FIVE MOVES TO STRENGTHEN YOUR FEET AND STAMP OUT MUSCLE IMBALANCES

Strengthening of the feet is the most neglected aspect of training in all sport. The strength of your feet provides the base of most of your daily movements. Weak feet mean a weak base of power; a lack of force with which to launch movement from, and that compromises speed. It also contributes to instability within the joints and muscle weakness in the calves, glutes, hip muscles, quadriceps, hamstrings and the lower back.

Below are a group of exercises that address the needs of all the muscles and tendons in your feet. They should be done every other day so as to allow recovery, growth and adaptation. All should be performed barefoot on either a carpet, rubber gym floor, grass lawn or AstroTurf.

1 HEEL-TO-TOE WALK

Technique:

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Runners run – it’s what we do. And that’s ne – until we can’t. e older we get, the more chance of breaking down through injury. I admit, even the editorial team at Men’s Running has been slightly remiss in doing the stretching, strengthening and core work necessary to build an injury- resistant body. But the bene ts of doing these exercises are clear: fewer injuries, better recovery and ultimately faster running. is is why we’ve gathered together the best exercise routines we can nd. It would be slightly churlish to say that these can ‘bullet-proof ’ your body. But we know that if you add in just one of these routines in to your weekly training programmes, the results will be almost instantaneous. Pick the sessions that t for you: if you have weak knees, then choose one to strengthen that. Got a weak core? We’ve got that covered too. We hope you’ll use this as an invaluable training aid – and that you have plenty of miles of pain-free running.