The benefits of being physically fit are numerous and all of them contribute to healthy feet. Strength training (lifting weights) and cardiovascular exercises such as walking, swimming, boxing, and aerobics classes help you
increase your muscle mass and make you stronger
keep your balance and avoid falling down
keep your heart strong and your blood flowing freely
delay the onset of osteoporosis or avoid the disease altogether
ease the effects of anxiety and depression
control blood pressure and cholesterol levels
reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even some forms of cancer
stay at a healthy weight
At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Center, we encourage our patients to engage in regular physical activity for all of these reasons. A strong heart discourages circulation problems that contribute to foot issues like slow-healing wounds. Keeping your weight down helps you avoid flat feet and chronic heel pain. Reducing your risk of diabetes is reason enough to stay active since diabetes and foot problems go hand-in-hand.
Involve the whole family
It makes sense to jump aboard the exercise bandwagon early in life. As we approach Family Health and Fitness Day (September 29), we encourage families to exercise together. Hopefully, kids will adopt exercise as a habit - and something fun to continue into their adult years. Here are some suggestions for making exercise a family affair:
take a family walk after one meal a day
plan activities that involve exercise such as mini-golfing or a fall hike through the rolling hills of Monmouth County
sign up for a local 5k race and run as a team
enroll in a kickboxing or Zumba™ class together
teach kids to walk more by parking the car far away from store entrances and taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
If foot pain should ever prevent you or your kids from the activities you love, our board-certified podiatrists can help. Get expert foot and ankle care from Dr. Samantha Boyd, Dr. Hal Ornstein, Dr. Dan Phan, or Dr. Joseph Saka at our offices in Howell or Jackson, New Jersey. Call (732) 905-1110 or make an appointment online.