People come up with all sorts of reasons why they can’t, or rather don’t, go out and exercise. Arizona is too hot to go out, or they don’t like to run, or they don’t want to pay for a gym membership. Some people have a hard time with exercise for health reasons. Poor circulation can make many activities quite uncomfortable, especially for your feet. This is where taking a simple walk can make a huge difference. It’s a healthy form of exercise that actually benefits the problems with poor circulation.
Walking is actually one of the healthiest forms of exercise for your lower limbs. It meets many different foot—and overall body—needs. It improves circulation, builds strength, and increases endurance. Done often and briskly enough, it can help you lose weight as well. It’s also safe for people who have chronic lower limb issues, like peripheral neuropathy complications from diabetes.
Improving your circulation and building foot strength are some of the top benefits of walking. When you go for a walk, you force your heart to pump more blood to your lower limbs. This brings much needed nutrients and oxygen to your feet and ankles. Using your muscles strengthens your feet as well. Stronger feet can help prevent overuse issues, hopefully avoiding mobility-impeding pain.
Walking is actually ideal for boosting circulation. It’s low-impact, so it’s easy on the feet and doesn’t overexert the heart, while still improving your blood flow. It also helps moderate your cholesterol, which can reduce plaque build-up in your arteries. Even if you’re already experiencing uncomfortable symptoms from poor circulation, walking regularly can help alleviate them. Just make sure you wear appropriate shoes to protect your lower limbs. This is especially important if you have diabetes or PAD, which increase your risk for foot ulcers.
Walking is a simple activity, but don’t underestimate its power for your health. If you’re struggling with cramping, uncomfortable feet when you’re active, or you know you have poor circulation, let our team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you. Make an appointment online today. You can also call or fax one of our office locations. To reach us in Chandler, call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375. To reach us in Gilbert, call (480) 981-1800 or fax (480) 981-0229.