#WalkThisMay for National Walking Month
Now the evenings are a little lighter and the days a little longer, it’s the perfect time to get outside and in nature for a walk.
Walking is not only great for your overall health, but did you know it’s also great for your foot health?
Here’s just a few reasons why:
- It strengthens the bones and muscles in your feet and ankles
- It supports and increases flexibility in your muscles, tendons and ligaments
- It gets the blood pumping around your body, helping oxygen flow and increasing your circulation
- Oddly enough, walking can actually reduce swelling in the lower limbs (although please do check with your Podiatrist first)
- It’s great for a lower limb workout. Walking activates your calves, glutes, hamstrings and quads
- If you suffer with gout, walking can help reduce pain caused by uric acid build up
- Regular walking helps maintain a healthy weight and relieves stress on your lower limbs
How to make the most out of your walks:
- Make sure you wear comfortable, supportive shoes. Don’t forget, we make our orthotics on site so can tailor your shoes to your specific needs and return them quicker than most places
- Pain when walking is not normal – if this is happening to you, please get in touch with our team and we can help
- If you’re taking part in a sponsored walk for charity as part of National Walking Month, let us know! Active Life will sponsor our patients £10 to help you on your way.
- So many of us are deficient in Vitamin D, so walking in daylight will help your natural exposure. Go get your daily dose!
Don’t forget to tag us on your walks @activelifepodiatry using #WalkThisMay
If you’re in pain, don’t wait. Get in touch and we’ll get you back to an active life.
Experts in movement and the treatment of foot pain and problems, Active Life Podiatry will get you back on your feet again.