Health Tip: Seniors on the Move
Be sure to warm up before walking
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
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 budget.
- 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 circulatory problem.
- Walk on soft ground. With age, the natural shock absorbers ("fat padding") in your feet deteriorate, as does bone density.
- 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.
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