If a walk in the park no longer seems easy or enjoyable, the toe stand exercise is for you! It will help make that stroll in the park fun and relaxing by strengthening your calves and ankles and restoring stability and balance.
1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart near a counter or sturdy chair. Use the chair or counter for balance.
2. Slowly push up as far as you can onto the balls of your feet as you count to 4. Hold this position for 2 to 4 seconds.
3. Then, slowly lower your heels back to the floor as you count to 4.
Repeat 10 toe stands for 1 set. Rest for about 1 minute. Then complete a second set of 10 toe stands.
Make sure you:
Don’t lean on the counter or chair—use it for balance only.
Breathe regularly throughout the exercise.
Credit for content and images: Rebecca A. Seguin, B.S., CSCS; Jacqueline N. Epping, M.Ed.; David Buchner, M.D., M.P.H.; Rina Bloch, M.D.; Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D.; and Tuft University