Exercise & Your Feet

Summary of Chapter 25

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 now and we don’t know where the hell she is.– Ellen DeGeneres

My Feet Are Killing Me by Celebrity Podiatrist, Dr. Suzanne Levine

Exercise & Your Feet

We all know how important it is to be physically active. Exercising helps prevent an array of health conditions, burns calories so you can lose weight and keeps those pounds from creeping back on. It can also improve and maintain your body’s flexibility and tighten and tone your muscles. Of course, when muscles and ligaments are being used regularly, your joints will work properly, too. In a sense, if you neglect to “oil” your joints, they will “rust up” on you. (And who wants to be the Tin Man?)

Aerobic exercise – like running, walking, swimming or bicycling – helps strengthen your heart and burn calories. It also releases mood-boosting chemicals called endorphins.

Plus, weight-bearing exercise – like walking, running, hiking, and dancing – helps increase your bone density to stave off conditions like osteopenia and osteoporosis that increase your risk of fractures. These types of exercises cause your body to bear weight, which stimulates your bones to make more cells – called osteoblasts- and your bones get stronger as a result.

Another important form of physical activity is stretching. This helps increase the flexibility of your muscles and joints to help prevent injury. Strength training and stretching also help improve your balance, which is another thing that tends to worsen as we age and is the reason for so many falls that result in bone fractures. One out of three people over 60 years old experience a fall. Doing balance exercises can prevent this.

Stretch It

In this chapter of My Feet Are Killing Me Dr. Levine discusses:

  • Walk This Way
  • Fit in Fitness
  • Cross training
  • Preventing exercise-related injuries
  • Warning for Weekend Warriors
  • Barefoot running
  • Stretch It
  • One workout to avoid
  • Feet and Exercise at Higher Elevation
  • Exercise & Injuries Index

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