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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
May 02, 2018
Category: Fitness
Tags: walking  

It’s been a long time coming but here in Edison, Monroe and Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, it looks like spring is finally putting in an appearance. Warmer temperatures and sunny days lure us outside and at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we want to encourage patients to make the most of the nice weather and up their fitness quotient by walking.

Why Walk?

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get moving and improve your health. It doesn’t require any training or expensive equipment other than a good pair of walking shoes (see below), it can be done practically anywhere, inside or out, alone, or with company. It’s also a fitness activity that even people who have been sedentary for a while can safely do. In addition, there are some significant health benefits:

  • Helps control blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure
  • Aids in weight loss: a brisk walk can burn up to 100 calories per mile or 300 calories per hour
  • Improves circulation and keeps muscles, joints, and ligaments flexible
  • Elevates mood by producing endorphins which can help fight anxiety and depression

Choosing the Right Shoes

Ready to join approximately 67 million other adults who have discovered the many benefits of walking? It’s always good to check with your physician before beginning any fitness program. Contact one of our offices for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral or Dr. Varun Gujral can check your feet to make sure there are no podiatric conditions or biomechanical problems that might be aggravated by walking. In addition, the foot doctor can make specific recommendations about the right walking shoes for your particular feet and gait.

Below are some walking shoe shopping tips:

  • Have your feet professionally measured at a sports shoe store. Remember that it’s not uncommon for one foot to be larger than the other—always buy to fit the bigger foot.
  • Wear the socks that you will wear when walking so that you get a more accurate idea of fit.
  • Choose shoes made of lightweight, breathable materials.
  • Be sure there is wiggle room for your toes. There should be about half an inch between the tips of your toes and the end of the shoe.
  • Take your time and walk around the store for several minutes to be sure shoes are comfortable.
  • Replace your walking shoes every 300 to 600 miles or when you notice obvious signs of wear.

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