For a while now, we’ve been talking about keeping warm in this cold weather. Today, we’re going to focus on the feet. I mean, that’s what dancers dance on, right? So, since they take such a beating with each rehearsal and performance, we’ve decided to dedicate a full blog post to healing and caring for your talented little tootsies!
Here we go!
As usual, it’s extremely important to stretch properly before and after dancing. When it’s cold out, the cool air makes the muscles more tense and tighter, which makes rigorous activity all the more challenging. In order for your body to work properly, it much be warmed up properly. Stretching out your arches and pointing your toes is always going to be a crowd favourite. And for good reason! That kind of exercise stretches out the muscles both on the bottoms of your feet and on the tops of your feet. And aside from the usual stretches, here’s one of our personal favorites:
Using a tennis ball on the bottom of your foot is an amazing way to work out any kinks and warm up your muscles.This is an incredible warm up because it’s the least strenuous exercise for your muscles yet it’ll give you some of the best relief. Rolling a tennis ball under your foot massages your muscles in a variety of different directions. But, what does this have to do with keeping your feet warm? Well, massaging the muscles helps to improve blood circulation. And when you’ve got a healthy flow of blood in your feet, the warmer they’ll be! This is one that we definitely recommend for before and after dancing.
A Warm Foot Soak
Three words: Apple. Cider. Vinegar.
Soaking your feet in a warm tub of water with a splash of apple cider vinegar is going to change your life. 1.) It warms your muscles, which leaves you feeling more flexible. 2.) It softens your skin, which is a great first step to removing the dead skin from your feet. 3.) The warmth of the water improves the circulation in your feet, which leaves your feet feeling warmer longer! 4.) Apple Cider Vinegar is amazing at killing bacteria, which is just another way to keep your feet healthy!
There’s a market for everyone, especially athletes. Especially ESPECIALLY dancers! So, of course, we’re going to take advantage of the world of online shopping and DIY’s to find the best techniques for maintaining warm and healthy feet.
You have GOT to try this! It’s extremely common for the skin on your feet to dry out during the colder months. So, this little trick will be a life saver!
All you need is some extra hydrating lotion, plastic wrap (don’t run away just yet) and some warm fuzzy socks.
Apply a generous amount of the lotion to your feet and then wrap them in the plastic wrap to keep the moisture locked in. Once you’ve finished wrapping your feet, you can put your fuzzy socks on over them. Not only are you hydrating your dry feet but, you’re also keeping your feet nice and toasty while doing it!
And when you remove those socks, you’re left with the softest and most rejuvenated feet you could wish for!
Welcome to heaven! If you’ve yet to venture into the world of compression socks, you’ve seriously been missing out. Made specifically for athletes, compression socks are built in a way that helps promote healthy blood circulation and prevent injury to the feet; namely the arch of the foot.
As we’ve stated many, many times, blood flow is crucial to your overall health and keeps your body warm. Personally, I’d recommend wearing compression socks whenever possible to prevent any injury to your feet.
There about a million other short-term tricks to keeping your feet warm and healthy during cold weather. Wearing socks fresh out of the dryer, put some hand warmers in your socks, and on and on…
What are your favorite tricks and have you tried any of the ones we mentioned here today? Let us know!