How to Get Stronger Feet
Stronger feet can relieve back pain, make you run faster, improve balance, and reduce ankle and feet injuries. Get-Fit Guy has 5 tips for stronger feet.
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Every time your feet touch the ground when you’re walking, you’re asking them to absorb two to three times your body weight – with each step! Considering the average person takes around 3,000 steps per day, that’s a lot of weight.
And if you happen to be a runner, you might land on your feet 5,000 times per hour during just one long run. So think about that: If you take 5,000 strides and your feet are absorbing around 300 pounds per stride, then you’re putting 1,500,000 pounds on your body during a 1-hour run! If you’re sprinting or running fast, your feet take an even greater pounding. Each foot strike of Usain Bolt, the world-record holder in the 100-meter sprint, hits the ground with over 1,200 pounds of force – about four times greater the average jogger!
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Even if you don’t run, your feet take a beating simply walking around and standing. If they’re not up for the challenge, the result of those weak feet can be strain on the low back, knees, and hips, not to mention foot injuries such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, or metatarsal fractures, and ankle sprains and strains.
See also: Is Running Bad for You?
That’s why in this episode, you’re going to learn how to get stronger feet!
How Feet Get Weak
Most people have weak feet – and this is a direct result of not only wearing shoes for most of the day, but specifically wearing shoes that are designed for maximum stability and cushioning. Just imagine if from the time that you were born, you wore protective gloves on your hands all day long. If you ever got into a situation in which you had to take those gloves off and do manual labor such as moving furniture, doing some pull-ups, or swinging a golf club or tennis racquet, your delicate hands would be beat up and blistered in no time!