WORKOUT IN HIGH HEELS
Some girls apparently have to go to the office in high heels (what kind of a boss is that?!) some admit that they feel too short if they don’t wear them. Personally I don’t get their point: Do we all have to be tall? It doesn’t matter if you are 160 cm or 180 cm as long as you are fit. All the movie stars are short and none of us thinks that they should be taller, right?
When I wear pumps, my feet start hurting after a couple of hours. That’s pretty normal because even if it seems like the most comfortable shoe, all the weight is shifted into the balls of the feet and the toes and that pressure leads to pain.
I remember my mom telling me that wearing stilettos will develop spider veins which are clusters of tiny blood vessels that develop under the skin. The truth is that wearing heels forces your ankles to bend forward which could restrict circulation in the lower limbs.
Of course there is no harm in wearing pumps now and then, but girls who wear them every day should know that there ankle and calf tendons will eventually shorten and that may make walking painful, even in flats.
If you are a stiletto queen, you may also have to acknowledge lower back pain. This is because your spine needs to sway unnaturally. To make the long story short: I think you should rather work out in order to slim your legs down for real instead of trying to make them look longer by wearing heels.
But if you cannot avoid wearing them because you are working as a presenter for a TV show for example, then do the following exercises that are safe to do even in heels and that will help your blood to flow and avoid blood vessels clotting disorder.
If not indicated otherwise, try to do every exercise 12 times and up to 3 sets whenever you are wearing high heels. Of course it is a great workout to do with sneakers too!
Put your right foot on the floor and lift the left leg until it is parallel to the floor, repeat with the other foot/leg. Try to do the same exercise while lifting both legs at the same time. Hold your chair for support.
Put your feet together on the floor, then put your hands lightly behind your ears and roll down with a round back. Roll back up until your spine is straight.
Sit on your chair with a straight back and then pull your interlaced fingers before your chest. Hold for 5-10 seconds before you release the grip.
Now do the opposite: put your hands together in front of your chest and push as hard as you can. Hold for 5-10 seconds before you relax and repeat.
Your left elbow is bent and you are supporting your right arm which is crossing your chest. Now gently push your arm closer with your left hand to feel the stretch get more intense. Hold for 5-10 seconds.
Hold the chair with both hands for support, place your feet in a 90° angle in front of you, then bend your elbows and make sure you don’t open them sideways but backwards. Lower your body down and then push your body weight back up again.
Place your hands on the table, your feet are slightly apart. Now take a big step back. Lower your chest towards the table while contracting your core muscles and keeping legs and spine all in one straight line.
Hold your chair for support and slightly lean back with a straight back. Now lift your toes off the floor, first right and then left.
You are holding the chair for support, your back is straight leaning backwards slightly. Now lift your feet off the floor while making a right twist to work your side muscles. Try to stretch your legs for a more effective exercise. If you cannot do it, just do the twist movement alternating right and left side.
Rest your right elbow on the table. If you have a mouse pad, use it for cushioning. Your body is in a straight side plank position. Don’t let your hips drop at any point. Hold for 10 seconds. If you can push up your hips and repeat 12 times for each side.