Strengthening your Ankles with Collagen and Exercise
Tonic has talked before about how to combine exercise and collagen to strengthen your knees but your knees aren’t the only major joint that needs some extra attention. Our ankles actually might need strengthening even more than our knees because they are the joints most commonly referred to as weak. The truth is, our ankles are strong for their size considering that they do the work of holding our body weight every day but, as we age, our ankles can weaken which can lead to difficulty standing, walking, and living a normal life. Here’s how to strengthen your ankles and hopefully avoid pain and difficulty later on.
Obviously our main suggestion is to strengthen your ankles, and all of your other joints, with Traditional Tonic Nourishing Collagen. Collagen is the key protein your body uses to strengthen, heal, and regenerate joint tissues but our bodies slow their production of collagen as we age. Giving your body an extra store of collagen with Traditional Tonic allows your natural health processes to keep up with the demands of this important joint.
On top of collagen, you can strengthen your ankles by adding these stretches and exercises to your routines:
Stand on One Leg: strengthening your ankle can be as simple as balancing on one leg for about a minute and then switching to the other. This way, each ankle gets a turn practicing balance and holding you up alone.
One-Legged Squats: to increase the payout of balancing on one leg, include a squat. Lift one leg slightly in front of you and carefully lower into a shallow squat. Repeat the other leg. If you need balance help, you can hold the back of a chair but try not to put your wait on it.
Calf Raises: Stand with your feet slightly apart, your body straight. Lift your heels off of the floor. This stretches the tendons in your ankles and strengthens your calves as well. After you get used to the motion, you can try doing these while standing on one foot at a time.
Heel-Toe Walk: Step forward by placing your heel down first and then touching down with your toes. These should be pronounced movements. Walk in this way across the room and back again