There are many ways to get in shape these days - running, CrossFit, cycling, kickboxing, the list goes on...but did you know there is one tried-and-true way to get fit and stay fit without breaking an excessive sweat or going too hard on your body? Walking! The next time you visit Dr. Les J. Glubo or Dr. Dawn O. Figlo at Grand Central Footcare in New York City, ask them to prescribe a healthy dose of a daily walking regimen. It may seem like a lot, but the average amount of steps each person takes per day is around 5,000. This is only half of what is suggested to be our daily walking goal of 10,000 steps.
You can focus on steps if that helps you, but counting isn’t helpful for everyone. Simply getting out and walking for 20 minutes per day will help anyone snatch up those wonderful benefits of staying active! What sort of benefits come with walking on a daily basis?
● Keeping your body in motion is beneficial to several parts and functions of our bodies.
● Sweating is a great way to trigger a cleansing sensation in your body. When your body produces sweat by being active, it means your muscles are being exercised and your tendons and ligaments are being lubricated.
● Your blood is pumping and positively impacting your circulatory health.
● Your brain is releasing happy, feel-good chemicals as a reward.
Without our feet, these benefits would be much harder to accomplish every day! Walking keeps the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in our feet and ankles working and flexible. This can help us lose some weight, relieve discomfort from arthritis, and improve our circulation. If you have a history of ankle sprains, walking can help prevent weakened tendons from becoming too stiff and can even strengthen them again.
Excited to get started? Be sure to check in with us at Grand Central Footcare to make sure your feet and ankles are up to the challenge. Call us today at (212) 697-3293 to schedule an appointment with us in New York City!