The Bikini Experiment is by no means a fashion blog, but as you can tell from previous posts I do enjoy shopping and clothes. As I have begun to clean out more drawers I have been completely overwhelmed as to how many scarves I own. An addiction I tell you. Many are the same color. My other addiction for a very long time was high heels. I am actually somewhat serious when I say addiction, because I am convinced I got a slight high from wearing them.
Reversing Your Heels
It went from reasonable heels at dinners or going out at night. Maybe I would slip a pair on if I thought it would help me audition for a new role. It morphed into higher heels ALL the time. Professional work shoes, boots and sandals. You name it, I loved feeling taller and it seemed the heels were oh so flattering. Some days it hurt to walk, but you have to make sacrifices, right? Um…no. I really should have cut back on my use of high heels. Comfortable shoes can be fashionable!
By nature I have very flat feet, and my arches have been made worse by my poor judgement in footwear. If there is any chance you are like me then I think maybe the little tricks could help you as well. I am doing what I can to reverse those heels. It will not only make your feet feel better, but enhance your posture as well. Better posture is life changing. I am tossing around the term “heels” as if this is just limited to females. However, men can be worn down by topsiders, boots or less than supportive sneakers. It is a plague upon us.
I do not necessarily do any of these things every day. I would like to, but honestly sometimes motivation and time run out at the end of the night. However, fitting these little exercises in throughout the day when you can will help promote better feet.
The Pen Penny Exercise:
I filmed this video for the You Tube Channel Psyche Truth last year. This exercise is really a gem that helps to improve your arch if is lacking. The video breakdown is excellent, but below is just a quick overview “bullet style” to get started.
- Place a penny (or other coin) under the base of your foot under the big toe
- Push down on the penny so that your arch lifts.
- Keep the pen point under the arch so that you do not fall.
- Complete on each side for at least one minute.
I am not big on “getting my pump” on with calf exercises. That is a total gym jock kind of thing. In fact, I have never had any structured work around my calves. This of course leaves them a little neglected and weakened. A calf raise is one of the simplest ways you can help to reverse the shortening of the hamstring muscles affected by high heel use.
Grab anything that is a few inches thick. I have a plain wood board, but really even a book will work. Place it near a ledge or shelf so you have support and push up and down onto your toes. Think ballerina feet! Allow your heel to touch all the way to the floor. Repeat for 2-3 sets of 10. These burn for me. So I know they have to be working. Serious science right?
Lacrosse Ball Squeeze:
A lacrosse ball can be the best friend you never thought you would have in life. These sneaky little things are great for working out all types of areas on your body. I put it between my calf and thigh and squeeze as I feel through different pressure points. When you are this really feels amazing. You can also use the lacrosse ball as a way to create friction or a little bit of a massage too. Heck, a professional foot massage is way better, but you got to make do.
I keep a set of golf balls under my desk and roll my feet whenever the mood strikes me. You may or may not be able to do this at work depending on what your desk set up may be. I find that it really helps those trigger points as a “mini-treatment” throughout the day.
These are just a few things I do to help try to reverse some of the chronic damage from high heels. I always used to dismiss those articles with a wave of my hand. Feeling like I was tall was an addiction. I am technically just under 5’5”. However, less foot pain is surely sweeter.
Of course I would never give up heels entirely. However, they are certainly more an occassional fashion statement than what I wear to go and get the mail!
Question of the Day: Ladies! Gents! How frequently do you wear a heeled shoe? How high do you go?
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