Exercise is vital to a healthy lifestyle and healthy feet, but it’s important to exercise carefully in order to prevent foot pain or problems developing. Many forms of exercise can increase your risk of foot injury or problem, especially running, and it’s important to take care of your feet while exercising to avoid this.
If you’re new to exercising, you should check with your GP before beginning a new regime, especially if you are planning to begin a strenuous form of exercise. Before you start your regime, you should ensure that you’re fully prepared in order to avoid the risk of injury. Follow our Healthy Foot Challenge guide to get yourself ready for exercise.
Preparing For Exercise:
1. Get the kit. Whatever sport you’re planning to begin, you can probably wear any loose fitting, comfortable clothing. It’s worth waiting until you’ve established a routine you’re sure you will stick to before you shell out for expensive sports gear. If you’ll be running or cycling outdoors, wear a high visibility jacket or vest over your exercise gear and take great care when near roadways.
2. Wear the right shoes. Wearing the right shoes is vital when you’re exercising, to ensure that you are not putting pressure on your feet or risking damage. For running, for example, you should wear well-fitted, supportive shoes that offer you good amounts of cushioning and protection. Visit a specialist store such as Foot Solutions to find the best footwear for you and your lifestyle.
3. Warm up. It’s really important to stretch out your muscles and ligaments gently before you begin to exercise. Failing to prepare can lead to many types of injury including plantar fasciitis and muscle strains or torn ligaments. Check out the right sort of exercises for you, since you will probably need to pay attention to specific muscle groups depending on the exercise you are planning to do and your own level of fitness.
4. Cool down. At the end of your exercise session, don’t forget to cool your muscles down gently to protect them and avoid damage. Taking care of your muscles will help you to keep strong and healthy and to exercise more effectively and for longer.
5. Vary your routine. Don’t forget that there are many types of exercise that will be beneficial for your body and your feet, so don’t give up if you don’t like the first activity you try. If you’re bored by running, how about swimming or even a more intensive sport such as climbing or surfing? If you find it hard to get out of the house to exercise, try dancing or yoga at home. The important thing is to raise your heart rate and get yourself feeling great.
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