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Simple And Fast: Massage Your Feet Every Night For Better Health

Simple And Fast: Massage Your Feet Every Night For Better Health

Oh my, do we live in an incredibly busy and demanding world, indeed!

We are experts in multi-tasking and even then our minds are always occupied with the next item on our to-do list. We are tired and exhausted both physically and mentally. It’s hard to keep up with what’s really going on in life. Sometimes we find that we are losing ourselves in the process. Moreover, we often forget the things that are most valuable to us.

Although we are well aware our health is the most precious asset we need to nourish in order to live a happier life, we easily take it for granted. Sounds like you?

If so, I strongly recommend you to take a moment to pause and treat yourself to the following simple, do-it-yourself foot massage. Countless studies show that foot massage can boost circulation and reduce physical pain, anxiety and stress, ultimately revitalizing our entire body, mind and soul.

So, let’s get to it. This can be done anywhere and anytime. All it takes is 5 minutes of your time each night.

So go grab a chair, or sit comfortably on the floor and get into the groove.

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Step 1: Preparation

Put on some soft and relaxing music.

Soak your feet in a tub of warm water before you start. You may add scented essential oils or foaming gel to the water if you’d like.

Get a towel, lotion or oil.

Prop one foot in your lap and let the other rest extended in front of you.

Put a small amount warm lotion or oil in your hand. Coconut or olive oil works well. Smooth the lotion or oil over the foot.

Step 2: Rub your Sole

Hold the bottom of the foot firmly with both hands. Begin rubbing the top of the foot using a firm motion with your thumbs, slowly working your way down to the sole of the foot. Apply more pressure as you get closer to the sole.

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With the other hand, use a loose fist or an open palm and gently tap the sole of your foot to stimulate blood circulation. This is especially helpful when you have cold feet.

Step 3: Work on each Individual Toe.

Grasp the foot beneath the arch. With the other hand, beginning with the big toe, hold the toe with your thumb on top and index finger beneath. With one hand, gently stretch your toes back.

Go to each toe and gently pull on it. Imagine the pulling motion of milking a cow while doing this.

Slide your index finger into the gap between each toe. Spend time moving it back and forth, rubbing the base of each toe with your index and thumb if desired.

Gently slide all five fingers between each of the toes simultaneously, while rubbing a small amount of massage oil or cream between each one.

Step 4: Loosen Ankle Joints.

Place your right foot on top of your left thigh. Using both hands, rotate your foot at the ankle
and gently rub your fingers over the top of the bone.

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Grasp the ball of the foot with the other hand and turn the foot slowly at the ankle three to five times in each direction. This is a particularly good exercise for anyone who’s suffering from arthritis.

Step 5: Apply Pressure to the Arches

Overlap your thumbs and apply gentle pressure just below the heel bone and then push slowly up to the bone of the big toe.

Begin again pressing gently into the lower arch near the heel bone and then slowly spread your thumbs open, stretching the full width of the arch. Overlap your thumbs again, this time pressing a bit higher on the arch, closer to the bone of the big toe.

Continue these techniques until your reach the heel of the big toe. End this portion of your foot massage by simply rubbing in large circular motions with your thumbs around the arch.

Step 6: Use the T-shape Fan Technique

Wrap both hands around your foot, with thumbs meeting at the bottom of your sole and fingers curled lightly onto the top of the foot. Press your thumbs into the sole and then sweep them up the center of your sole. Near the toes, fan the thumbs out toward the sides of the feet to complete the T-shape and stretch the foot outward.

More Helpful Tips:

Try to give equal attention to both feet, as the body relishes the balance.

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Throughout the massage, if you feel tension building up in your hands, shake out your hands periodically.

Another interesting technique is rolling the foot on a tennis ball while seated. It’s a gentle and effective massage for the whole foot. You can also place a handful of marbles on the floor and rub your foot across them with gentle pressure too.

Well done! Feeling lighter on your feet and fresher in your mind?

Stick this how-to technique on your refrigerator, bedroom walls or bathroom mirror until you learn the steps by heart. And like any other habit, stick to it and take care of your well-being before it’s too late. Stand tall on your own feet and feel proud!

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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