I’ve had some pretty heated (spirited) debates with a dear friend about “finger shoes”. Although she’s taken my willPower Method® workouts for years, (barefoot!) I simply cannot convince her of the benefits of being in a minimal shoe during her other workouts.”They’re just weird” she says -” I just don’t see the purpose”.
So, I’ve started looking around the fitness floor. Of the few gym-goers who are brave enough (smart enough) to wear a five-toed shoe like the Vibram FiveFingers, most people are not necessarily using them “with purpose”. Ok, I can sometimes empathize with my friend who is simply fashion forward.
I’ve been noticing movement which is not very different than when the feet were supported and cushioned. This movement indicates that the general population is not fully aware that they can use their feet and ankles much more… with great purpose. (Job security for me… big smile.)
Today’s Foot Fitness Video: Cable Row
A cable row is a pulling exercise to strengthen the back (latissimus dorsi and rhomboids), which will lead to more healthy spinal alignment and posture (by removing stress from other muscles and joints.)
The back is typically overstretched (in a rounded position) since we are a culture hunched over computers and steering wheels for most of the day.
Confidence is seen through movement and recognized in how we carry ourselves. When we spend time working out, doesn’t it make good sense to enhance movement and posture from head to toe? In my opinion, an upright posture and confident stride is the foundation of confidence. How’s that for purpose, my friend?