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Podcast #26 Free Your Feet [Part 1] – Gary Ward

AimGaryWardGary Ward is the author of What the Foot? and the creator of the Anatomy in Motion courses.

This is the second time I’ve had him on the show (his first interview is here) and this time we talk more specifically about the feet! We talk about how the feet affect the whole body, footwear, the joy of going barefoot, ways to mobilize the feet, and the importance of giving the feet and the brain varied surfaces to adapt to. He also suggests a foot mobilization exercise at the end. I made a video of it for you so you can try it too.

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Conversation Highlights:

  • Why I decided to do a series on the feet in the first place
  • He’s interested in the whole body but he’s interested in how the feet influence the whole body
  • What he looks for in the feet
  • People think that a low arch would be mobile and a high arch would be rigid. But a low arch can also be rigid and a high arch foot can be mobile.
  • Why toe extension is so important and the Windlass Mechanism
  • How often does he see a well functioning foot? not very often
  • We can’t go away from the fact that a huge amount of joints in the feet (66!) are interacting with the ground
  • The big picture – two functions of the feet: Mobile Adaptor and Rigid Lever
  • The reason why we don’t tend to find people with good funcitoning feet is the external environment!!! Flat surfaces!
  • When it comes to mechanics and how the foot is presenting itself – it tells a story of how it likes to interact with the external environment
  • When it comes to  shoe choices he wants to know “am I going to be dominated by the shoe or am I in a position to dominate the shoe?”
  • He’s always looking for the shoe that feels like it has the least impact on his body. But one can only be in that place if they have awareness of their body.
  • How he spends his time mobilizing his feet
  • There’s so much more stimulation for the lower limbs when you walk on varied terrain especially when you can do it barefeoot

BodyTeaser:

[The body teasers are a play on brain teasers. The goal is to play, experiment, get us thinking about how we move and ultimately to improve how we move.]

  • Stand on the right leg as if in the middle of a “clock face” facing 12
  • Bend the right knee and reach your left foot towards 7 and lightly tap the toes on that spot
  • Power up into a tiptoe on the right foot
  • As you power up into a tip toe, rotate the body to the right
  • Each time you tap the foot on 7 try to increase the range
  • Repeat several times then try the same thing on the other footHere’s my attempt at the foot mobility exercise. It still needs a lot of work!


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2 Responses to Podcast #26 Free Your Feet [Part 1] – Gary Ward

  1. Bolis February 26, 2016 at 12:16 PM #

    I’ve been reading your blog for some time, livong the ladies you’ve featured. I just listened to the podcast, it was great. I recently returned from visiting my 96 year old father in a rehab center after he broke his hip. While there I was actually thinking how cool it would be for you to visit some of the folks there. I saw so many people who were dressed as “old folks”…but I saw a few that were so delightful..a lady with a leopard collar she wore every night to dinner, and a man who wore a suit jacket every day when he went to meals. There was another lady who had hair the color of Ilona’s. I always made a point of telling her how great it looked. My own father wears his jeans, boots, vest, and cowboy hat every where he goes, and people always stop him to tell him how neat he looks. A fashion show in a nursing home would just be a lot of fun. Can’t wait for your book to come out!

  2. Jewels March 2, 2016 at 8:18 PM #

    Very inspiring. I ordered the book. Cannot wait to read it. Thank you.

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