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BAREFOOT and Fancy Free!


Take your shoes and socks off.  Your feet should be completely bare. (Feels nice, right?!)
In a chair, pick your feet up off the ground, so they are suspended in air.  Spread your toes as wide as they can go and wiggle them around.  Do a couple circles with your ankles, clockwise and counterclockwise.
Place your feet firmly on the floor.  Feel the mounds at the base of the big and littlest toes energetically press into the ground.  Simultaneously press down through both the inner and outer edges of the heel.  Then, try to lift the arch of the foot up.
Keeping all of those action, stand up with strength in your legs.
Take a little walk around your house or office, paying extra attention to your feet.  Notice all of the places the sole of your foot strikes or skims the floor.  Watch the bones and muscles in the top of your feet move with each step.  Try to use all of your toes to press off and transition to the next step.
If you have one more minute – put your bare feet up!  Kick them up onto an ottoman or stool, or even lie down on the ground and reach your feet straight up toward the ceiling.

Consider, for a moment, how much work your feet do every single day.  Send them gratitude for bearing the weight of the rest of your body.  Marvel at the intricate structure of 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons that work together to make standing, walking, balancing, jumping, etc. possible.  Be in awe of the power and possibility in your own body.