Auteur: Podiatre Montreal
Approximately 67 million men and women in this country have discovered how walking is one of the most fun, natural, and inexpensive ways to keep your feet fit.
Walking – often called healthwalking or health walking – can be done anywhere and any time of the year.
For those who have a long period of inactivity, obesity problems, or simply don’t like to be physically active, walking is a great way to start an exercise program.
This exercise has a multitude of advantages, according to the American Association of Chiropodists:
- Walking helps control weight, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. A brisk walk can burn up to 100 calories per mile or 300 calories per hour.
- Walking also improves cardiovascular health. Like an aerobic exercise, walking increases your heart rate, which helps transport oxygen in the blood from the lungs to the muscles. The heart and lungs work more efficiently when you walk normally, reducing blood pressure and resting heart rate. Walking is a key component of medical rehabilitation.
- In addition, walking creates a general sense of well-being, and can relieve many ailments such as depression, anxiety and stress through the production of endorphins, the body’s natural calming agent. A walk relaxes you and stimulates your thinking.
- If you are over 40 years old and have problems with your weight, heart rate, blood pressure, pulse, cholesterol level, consult your doctor before starting a walking diet. The same goes for people with diabetes, smokers or people who already have injuries or a family history of heart problems.
Walking can help you to:
- Strengthen your heart and lungs and improve blood circulation
- Prevent heart attacks, strokes and strokes
- Reduce obesity and high blood pressure
- Increase your metabolism
- significantly reduce your cholesterol level
- improve muscle tone in the legs and abdomen
- reduce stress and pressure
- relieve pain – relieve arthritis;
- stop the breakdown of bone tissue
Foot care and walking
Don’t neglect your feet when walking. Wear thick, absorbent stockings (acrylic materials are preferable to cotton); Keep your feet dry and after bathing, pay special attention to the toes, you might put powder in your shoes before wearing them. Nails should be trimmed regularly.
Avoid self-medicating your corns and calluses with over-the-counter remedies when you start walking. And if you have bunions or hammertoes, consult a doctor first with the appearance of blisters. Note that if you treat your blisters yourself, you can open them with a sterilized needle and drain the liquid. Then cover the blister with an antibiotic bandage to prevent infection.2021