Health Tip: Seniors on the Move11/15/12
(HealthDay News) -- Walking is the most popular form of exercise
in the United States. The average American takes between 8,000 and
10,000 steps per day. Podiatrists tout walking as one of the best
exercises for your feet because it contributes to circulation,
maintains weight control and promotes overall good health.
But, says the American Podiatric Medical Association, seniors
who walk for exercise need to take these precautions:
- Warm up and cool down. Stretching improves circulation and
decreases build-up of lactic acid -- the chemical byproduct that
causes muscles to ache.
- Choose proper foot gear. Buying shoes is virtually the only
necessary expense for walking, so don't cut corners on your shoe
- Pay attention to your feet. Changes and/or pain in the feet and
ankles are not normal and could indicate a serious foot ailment or
- Walk on soft ground. With age, the natural shock absorbers
("fat padding") in your feet deteriorate, as does bone
- Avoid walking in cold weather. Cold weather can cause numbness,
limiting your ability to detect trauma or wounds to the feet.
- If you have diabetes, use extra care. Diabetics are prone to
infection from even minor injuries.
- Exercise smart. Knowing your limits and exercising with caution
can avoid injuries and frustration.
Copyright © 2012
. All rights reserved.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.