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Strengthen your ankles

Backpacker Sam H. added this excellent tip to the Lend a Hacks page:

  • Ever roll your ankle while you’re hiking? If so then you’ve either had the misfortune of injuring yourself in the process or coming very close. A quick and easy way to strengthen your ankles that takes little effort and even littler thought is something you can do every day. In the morning and evening while you’re standing in front of the bathroom mirror brushing your teeth, stand on one leg, feeling your ankle flexing to hold you balanced. Take turns on each foot to exercise both ankles equally.

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Tom posted at 8:18 am August 19th, 2008

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  1. scienceguy288 says:

    I will definitely be doing that, because I decided to go with the lower Merrells.

    Permalink | Posted August 19th, 2008, at 8:31 am
  2. Andy says:

    A great tip. I once actually sprained an ankle while gathering firewood on a trip, so I know how little exercises like this are not so little.

    Permalink | Posted August 20th, 2008, at 11:56 am
  3. fedak says:

    This was one of the primary physical therapy exercises they had me doing when I was recovering from my broken ankle. There’s far more muscles involved than one would think.

    Permalink | Posted August 23rd, 2008, at 11:51 am
  4. mojo says:

    Advanced tip: close your eyes while you’re standing on one leg.

    Permalink | Posted August 24th, 2008, at 3:22 pm

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