Last week we went to Disneyland as a family and we were on our feet all day every day. I was exhausted (to say the least). My back and feet were killing me! My Fitbit had even recorded close to 30,000 steps taken on that first day.
This routine was my go-to routine during the week. It brought me the relief I needed in my back and feet from standing and walking all day. Not only is this routine great for the 'theme park attendee', but it is also great for those who have demanding jobs that require them to be on their feet all day (or those who are at home chasing after their toddler). Also, if you are pregnant, these are great poses to do (with the exception of the inversions... see prenatal precautions blog post here). When I was pregnant my back and feet killed me most days. These poses help move stiff back muscles and help exercise the ankles and feet and loosen the tension that has been built up throughout the day.
When it comes to back pain, inversions and twists are the best. Twists loosen up the muscles around the spine and pull them in a different direction than they are used to. Inversions take the body upside down and then with the use of gravity, pull at the spine and the muscles (including the hips) in the opposite direction. This relieves an incredible amount of pressure and tension.
Now for the feet... any of these poses are great. Downward dog stretches out the ankles one way while pointing your feet in three legged dog creates the counter pose to downward dog, creating that ankle stretch in both directions. Then also moving from being on the balls of your feet to balancing on the tops of your feet, create an intense and deep stretch in the top of your foot as well as the bottom of your foot. It also gets the toes moving around and relieves stiffness after being stuffed inside of a shoe all day long.
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