How to Strengthen Feet

Okay, so I set up a standing desk in my room, since it is supposed to be much healthier than sitting down at a desk all day. I wanted to take it another step and create some sort of box filled with rocks or some sort of other material that could strengthen the bottoms of my feet as I work. Anyone have any suggestions on this or even have a clue what I am trying to say lol.

February 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm
Alex (345) (@staylucky) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@dogwithamoustache, hahaha I just pictured that, you fucking tripper. I like it! I always enjoy walking barefoot wherever I can (and luckily in Australia it’s a pretty socially acceptable thing in certain circumstances).

I don’t know if just standing on them in a stationary position would be good for your posture though (I am just speculating).

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dog with a moustache (14) (@dogwithamoustache) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I’m trying to think outside the box on this. Like would standing on sandpaper or in a pit of rocks actually do any good. Or is there any kind of machine that would do something similar I could use while working.

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Taylor Little (71) (@tlrlittle) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Haha forgive me but the image in my head is so funny, you standing at your desk with some machine sanding your feet. I don’t know about “strengthening” your feet but my favorite part about being barefoot is just connecting with the world beneath me. You forget what’s under your feet when where shoes all day (Mainly how gross pavement is and how awesome grass is). If I were you and wanted something to stand on, I’d buy some sod and build a little grass box to stand on. Hope you get something cool

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Anonymous (328) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@dogwithamoustache, Drive a stick shift car.

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DrWWAD (7) (@amytelka) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@dogwithamoustache, try balancing on one foot at a time for the entire day or sections of it, switching feet every minute or every few minutes. The benefits from this are endless, from strengthening all the little muscles and tendons in the ankle, to strengthening the knees, and of course improving overall balance.

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SinD Rae (19) (@araeya09) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

This has no evidence I know of as far as really strengthening your feet, but maybe barefoot in sand? Like a little sand box? When I run on the beach it is a hundred times more difficult because I’m trying to stay balanced at the same time. Plus I like the feeling of sand between the toes. It might get kinda messy though. You could stand on something cushy like one of those workout balls that are just one half, so they can be stable on the floor. Just throwing out ideas here.

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Eric (59) (@eric0127) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@dogwithamoustache, Ive been to a few seminars about this, pretty much be barefoot whenever possible. A part of this though is to alter your walking pattern as well to become a more midfoot striker as opposed a heel striker like most people.

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Eric (59) (@eric0127) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

What @amytelka, said too

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@dogwithamoustache,

If you exercise regularly, I dont think sitting at a computer desk all day is too unhealthy. People sit down while there on there computer because, usuallly, the computer is at a desk and they do work at their desk.

If you really want to stick with the standing desk thing though, maybe get a tredmill to use while your at your desk? I think just standing there would strengthen your feet or something with your legs because you are actually using muscles to stand there in place.

If you want to specificly target your feet, go on about 30 min walks, twice a day. You will see a difference.

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