Physie girls often pay a lot of attention to the BIG muscle groups in the body: hamstrings, quads, back and so on.  Did you know there are over 600 muscles in the human body?  Over the physie year, we’ll be showing you how to stretch some of the ones you might not usually think about.  Today let’s look at your ankles – yes your ankles!  You probably don’t realise just how much work they do when you are doing physie, marching and dancing.  They don’t just keep you upright but they are controlling your balance, your rise and your rotation as well as your foot flexion and extension.  Before every physie class you should warm them up with this simple sequence.

1. Start with your feet in parallel position

1. Start with your feet in parallel position

2. Flex your feet, keeping your knees straight

2. Flex your feet, keeping your knees straight

3. Rotate your feet out at the ankles as far as they go without moving your legs

3. Rotate your feet out at the ankles as far as they go

4. Release your legs and turn them out as well.

4. Release your legs and turn them out as well.

5. Point your toes with your legs turned out.

5. Point your toes with your legs turned out.

6. Rotate legs in to parallel position ready to start again.

6. Rotate legs in to parallel position ready to start again.