Freezing cold temperatures in Macomb County may not be enticing you to go outside for a long walk or run, but at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we encourage our patients to get creative about fitting physical activity into your day. We all know the benefits of exercise for our feet and body:
- Losing or maintaining a healthy weight takes pressure off knees, ankles, and feet and reduces the risk and severity of many podiatric disorders.
- Improves circulation—good blood flow keeps legs and feet healthy and aids in speedy healing.
- Maintains flexibility
- Helps manage blood sugar levels, an important component in preventing and treating diabetes
- Decreases the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure
Strive to get 30 minutes of physical activity each day—notice we said, “physical activity,” not exercise. Try some of these simple strategies for getting in more steps.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you work on the twentieth floor, get off on the eighteenth.
- Park farther away from your office.
- Go up and down all the aisles in the grocery store.
- Break down 30 minutes of walking into 3 ten-minute walks: 10 on your way into work, 10 at lunch hour, and 10 on the way home.
- Take phone calls standing up. Walk while you talk.
- Get competitive. Many fitness trackers allow you to compete with friends for most active minutes.
- Get a buddy. Commit with a friend to finding those 30 daily minutes. If possible, meet for walks at the mall or other indoor venues. You’ll both be more accountable if you have a fitness partner.
- Get off the couch. Watch your favorite sitcom while you walk on the treadmill or do exercise moves with a fitness ball.
If you find increasing your physical activity causes pain in your feet or ankles, contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office and our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, and Dr. Philip M. Watkins will examine your feet and determine the source of your discomfort.