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Happy Feet: The Healthy, Pretty, Pain-Free Foot Care Guide

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2-Minute Foot Fix

These quick moves from Crunch Fitness's Stiletto Strength class will improve your balance, strengthen your arches, ankles, and calves, and make tromping around town infinitely more bearable.

Plie and Releve combo

  1. Stand facing the back of a chair, with your feet hip-width apart and your toes turned out; rest your hands on the top of the chair for balance. Slowly bend your knees and lower into a plie; pause, then return to the starting position. Do 10 times.
  2. With your feet still wide and toes turned out, lift up onto your toes, keeping your legs straight; pause; then lower. Do 10 times.
  3. Finally, combine the two exercises: From your starting position, lift onto your toes, then bend your knees and lower into a plie (keeping your heels lifted); pause; straighten your legs and stand up, then lower your heels back to the floor. Do 10 times. Do three sets of each of these exercises at least three days a week.

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bcigbokwe wrote:

Please disregard my typo errors. What are the pros and cons of using the steam room vs the heater room.

2/27/2010 09:40:34 AM Report Abuse
bcigbokwe wrote:

Extremely helpful, thank you. However, would you please explain more on the lactic acid build up and what it may lead to. I tend to have a lot of leg cramps, burnning and itchinness on my thighs legs during workouts that actually prevents me from potntially runnig or doing aerobic exercises. People think that it is bizare; which in a way it seems; but it is as real as it gets.

2/27/2010 09:32:53 AM Report Abuse

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