Are you a foot-tapper?
You hear music and away you go!
Not only does toe-tapping lift your mood,
It helps prevent trips and falls, too.
It’s all to do with the muscle that runs up the front of your shin – your tibialis anterior.
Positioned in front of the tibia bone, this muscle weakens as people get older which means they may not be planting the heel and lifting the toes sufficiently as a step is taken. That’s why you see some people shuffling along. Their toes are not clearing the ground as well as they could.
Stumbles and falls are frequently on their way!
That’s why when you tap your toes (and keep your tibialis anterior strong) you are saving yourself from unnecessary falls.
Kris Tynan shows you how to do Toe Taps effectively:
- Tap for the count of 8 and then change feet. You can do this sitting or standing keeping the heel on the ground and lifting the toes as high as you can each time.
- Another good exercise is to walk on your heels and then on your toes. Take 8 steps on your heels and then 8 steps on your toes. Repeat 2 – 3 times, every day if possible.
Another Lifestyle Tip from Kris:
Whether you are experiencing colder or warmer temperatures outside it is still important to stay well hydrated. Internal heating in homes mean that most of the time we are exposed to the same sort of temperatures no matter the time of the year! Aim for 2 litres of water a day. Have a glass or bottle in view and aim to get through however many you need to during the day.
Watch out for more great exercise and lifestyle tips from Kris Tynan next month.