5-Minutes Fitness: Standing Toe Raise

Try this simple, quick exercise that tricks your brain into using your glutes more throughout the day.

Woman raising themselves on the balls of their feet during an exercise session

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Strengthening your legs and backside helps improve balance and stability. “This quick exercise keeps your brain in the habit of knowing how to properly fire and use your glutes throughout the day,” says Jeremy Ethier, kinesiologist, top YouTube fitness expert, and Built with Science founder.

Toe Raise with Glute Contraction

  1. Stand with toes pointed outward.
  2. Squeeze quad muscles in the front of the thighs.
  3. Rise up on balls of feet while squeezing glute muscles in the butt. Use wall or counter for balance if needed.
  4. Hold for 5 seconds, then return to start position. Repeat up to 10 reps as able.

Gradually work up to 2 sets of 10 reps, three times per week.

This article is featured in the January/February 2021 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. Subscribe to the magazine for more art, inspiring stories, fiction, humor, and features from our archives.

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