How much of your brain is connected to your body?
Well, let’s see. Take your shoes and socks off and see if you can wiggle your big toe, and only your big toe.
No, I didn’t say grab your big toe with your fingers and wiggle it. That’s too easy.
Instead, I want to see if you can wiggle your big toe via the use of psychic strength – or, if you prefer, the power of intention.
Focus on your big toe and see if you can make it move.
You’d be surprised how many people think this is a monumentally difficult task requiring superhuman powers. Yet, quite the opposite is true.
Being able to wiggle your big toe, independently, is a sign that you’re more connected to your I-body than your eye-phone. It’s also a sign that your tendons and ligaments and fascia are still firing.
Wiggling your toes is not something you’ll be able to do because you go to a gym and sit on ridiculous contraptions to pump away. Meanwhile, the most elaborate, intricate, high-tech piece of equipment, i.e. your own body, is ignored to the point that you cannot do something any child can easily do.
There’s a Chinese saying, “Ren lao, Xian lao tui. 人老先老腿.” Translation: “When you get old, the legs go first.”
This is true, yet I will make one adjustment…
“When you get old, your feet get old first.” – el Furecat
Keeping your feet strong, functional, flexible and at your command, is what separates the young from the old. And no one I have ever met looks forward to getting older.
As far as I’m concerned, when you keep your feet in great condition, you are not getting older. And if you reverse the decline of your aching, weak feet, you will feel as though you are turning back the hands/feet of time.
Hindu squats and pushups help keep your feet strong and healthy because the muscles and ligaments in the foot (you have 19 and 107 of them, respectively) are stretched and strengthened. The same holds true with bridging, especially when you rise off your heels.
The absolute genius of the Royal Court I teach in Combat Conditioning cannot be outdone, as far as your feet are concerned. Make sure you are on it.
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