Get the most out of your walks

Tips on walking and avoiding foot problems

Avoiding foot pain while walkingSummertime means that more people will be taking advantage of trails and sidewalks to get in shape with the low-impact activity of walking.

An article in the Chicago Tribune provides some helpful tips for those looking not just to take leisurely strolls, but want to get into shape for swimsuit season.

First, individuals should switch up their speed and incline so that the body doesn't get used to the same old walk and plateau. Interval training as well as walking up hills can burn some significant calories while toning muscles.

Additionally, to avoid injury, be sure to stretch before a long walk to increase blood flow to the muscles and loosen tendons and ligaments.

Hydration is especially important in the summer months, so be sure to drink before, during and after hitting the trails.

The news source also recommends wearing appropriate shoes that are not worn out. For those who have or are at risk of developing bunions, FootSmart.com reports that they should seek out walking shoes with wide, deep toe boxes.

Additionally, bunion splints or orthotics may help to prevent or correct bunions or hammer toe without the need for painful bunion surgery

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