At the start of every class, I like to take a few seconds and look down at my feet in appreciation of how powerful and important my feet are. In my high school anatomy course, I learned that each foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Let that information sink in.
For those math wizards out there: 26 bones x 2 feet equals 52 total bones in our feet. Fun fact: those 52 bones make up about a quarter of the total bones in the adult human body which is comprised of 206 bones.
Now that we have learned some anatomy, here is the lesson: We need to take better care of our feet. Wear good shoes, put on some lotion and maybe even get a pedicure. But more importantly spread your toes, make your feet wide, feel their breadth and connections to the rest of your body. Become aware of the weight your feet bear and how they bear it and how that burden travels up your body.
We often take our feet for granted. We stand and walk on them. We stuff them into uncomfortable socks and shoes. Yet they willingly do their best to adapt to the sports and activities we venture upon. As a swimmer, my feet are used as fins and help propel me through the water. They also allow me to jump up and down during my jump rope workouts (my new favorite form of cardio). They even keep me grounded as I cook my latest batch of roasted vegetables , and when I get ready for bed after a long day.
Take a moment and think about how your feet provide stability in your life. They are the first body part to touch the ground as you get out of bed in the morning and the last body part to leave the ground when you go to bed at night. You may be on your feet all day at work, or you may find yourself at a desk with your feet planted firmly on the ground. Either way, your feet provide safety and stability, and play a crucial role in propulsion and balance.
During your next Foundation Training class with True Line Fitness, we encourage you to really focus on your feet. We cue the feet because they matter.
THREE points of contact—ball of the big toe, pinky toe, heal. Lift your toes up and down. Find that stability.
Take the time to check in. In class it might feel like a break but it’s not. It’s intentional. It’s meant to reset your body, getting you ready for the next pose and the rest of your day.