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DIY Friday: Happy Toes Make for a Happy Everything Else

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*Do it yourself! Every Friday we do a roundup of great posts, videos, or other resources around a theme that help people to turn their bodies from cranky to happy.*

3947194052_38776fe93c_bIn the last couple of weeks my love affair with toes has become apparent. I got into it in The Most Important Joints article, as well as the 5 Keys to Age-Proofing (and Reverse Aging) Your Body But really, it's hard to think of another place in the body that if you work on it everything else literally improves dramatically. Having mobile, capable toes is your key to gorgeous spinal mobility and springy, youthful knees and hips. Those little guys even affect your head carriage and how much poise you naturally possess.

And so if that sounds intriguing to you, here are a couple of ways to make your toes happier. These are great pre-workout (or hiking) moves to get your Jedi nature all ready to go...

(yep, this week it's just me, we'll get back to our round up model again though):

First up, a quick and easy way to get all that fascia, and those tendons and ligaments in the feet nice and juicy:

Next up, make your feet super geniuses with toe isolations. So that you can move like a ninja. Or Jedi. Or whatever:

 

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The Most Important Joints?

163900640_682302eded_bWell I don't mean to go picking favorites or anything, but if I have to pick one group of joints to pay attention to for the the greatest benefit to the whole rest of the body (and the best one-stop-shopping spot for anti-aging benefits), I'm going to have to go with the toe hinge. Hands down. If you have a full range of healthy movement at the joints where the toes meet the feet (the metatarsal-phalangeal joints if you want to be fancy about it), this will instantly translate into a healthier and happier range of movement for everything upstream. Yep, your knees, hips, pelvis, and normal biomechanical movement of your spine all depend a great deal on how well this joint complex adapts in walking. But enough of my talking about this mystical part of your anatomy, check out the video and play along at home to get friendly with your toe hinge.

 

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