The purpose of the marble pickup exercise is to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the ankle. This is also a great exercise to get the toes moving and increase general mobility in the feet.
For this, you will need about 20 marbles or small balls.
How to do the exercise:
- Sit on a chair with both feet flat on the floor.
- Put 20 marbles and a cup in front of you.
- Use your toes to pick up one marble at a time and place them in the cup.
- Keep doing this until you have picked all the marbles (10 marbles for each foot).
This can be carried out daily. Just remember not to have the marbles too far away from your feet. You don't want to fall off the chair!
Benefits to the feet
This exercise is good to prevent heel pain and stiffness in the feet. It will keep the feet and toes flexible. It is also especially beneficial for runners and dancers.