Great move, this one. On the surface from the caption I wondered it was something different. Good one for the hip flexors. Stretch 'em out. I did this seated at first, and then decided to give it a good go while standing. Seated seemed the more simple tack--because standing required just one leg at a time. No need for me to fall down into splits while having fun. Either way, it's all good (the exercise, not the concept of falling down). Wink.
Late getting to post, with generous thanks to Marilyn B. and Barbara M. for sending thoughts of encouragement. I work to get in under the wire early one, but then these days when life has other plans.
Thanks you, girls. ♥ :)
How to do it
Sit toward the front edge of your chair, with your knees bent and your feet together and flat on the floor. Keeping your toes on the floor, lift up your heels, rotate them outward, and place them back down. Keeping your heels on the floor, lift up your toes, rotate them outwards and place them back down. Continue "walking" your feet and legs open in this way until you are seated with a wide stance, then reverse the exercise and walk your way back to center.
Why it matters
We're often only aware of our feet once they start hurting us, but healthy feet are happy feet, so it pays to give them even just a few minutes of our attention with exercises like these. Not only will "walking" your toes and heels to a wide stance strengthen and improve range of motion through your ankles, it can also improve strength in the muscles and ligaments supporting your knee joints. It can also help to improve your gait, which may reduce the risk of tripping or falling.
Dancers were hired to perform the moves featured in the 2006 animated film Happy Feet. However, each dancer was required to attend "Penguin School" before performing so they could capture the most life-like movements of their avian counterparts.
"Improve ankle strength by "walking" your way to a wide stance while seated"