Tips For Pain Free Walking

Hello all.

Dr Brad here again.

I am sure a lot of you, just like myself, are eager to get outside and get some exercise and breathe some clean ,fresh oxygen now that the nicer weather is upon us.

And this is so needed considering that sometimes we are forced to mask.

I know a lot of you like to walk. And it is not uncommon for people to say to me when they start walking again that they can’t walk too far before they start getting back ache, sore hips or pains into their legs and feet.

If you like to walk and these types of things are preventing you from walking as often as you need to or want to, I have a few suggestions for your consideration.

First of all, foot wear is extremely important. It’s wise to invest in a good pair of walking or running shoes. Make sure they fit properly. Too big or too small (too loose or too tight) is not good for your feet. Also, ensure they have a nice thick flexible sole and an adequate arch support for foot comfort.

Also, the surface that you walk on needs to be considered. Concrete is the worst. It is far too hard. Asphalt is somewhat better but walking on grass or a nature trail or a track around a hi-school football field are by far the best.

These softer surfaces are far easier on your joints. And how long should you walk for? Well, it depends on your goals. I find longer walks (90 -120 min for example) are more beneficial for your mental/emotional health.

Shorter walks of increased pace will benefit your heart and lungs more as well as elevate your metabolic rate and help burn off those unwanted calories. So if your goal is weight-management, 2 or 3 brisk walks per day for 20 – 30 minutes will be of a huge benefit for you.

And these shorter walks are also a real back saver.
 
Please leave any questions or comments. I always appreciate your feedback and remember I am here to help in any way that I can.

The number to call here in Burlington is 905 335 LIFE (5433).

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