Warm up and cool down
Stretching improves circulation and
decreases build-up of lactic acid – which causes muscles to ache. It also helps alleviate muscle stiffness and prevents future muscle strain, so you can walk longer and injury free
Before and after walking allow ample
time to perform a few simple stretches for the hamstrings, calves, Achilles tendons and shins (ask for our “Stretching Guidelines”)
|Buying shoes is the only real expense |
necessary for walking, so don’t cut
corners on your shoe budget, treat your feet well!
|If you experience swelling in your feet, try on shoes in the afternoon – when your feet are most swollen. Look for a shoe that is stable with a strong heel-counter, well cushioned,fits is comfortable when you walk.|
|Changes and / or pain in the feet and |
ankles are not normal and could indicate a serious foot or circulatory problem. Self-treatment may turn a
minor problem into a major one.
|Become familiar with your feet and |
ankles by examining them before and after walking. If you notice red spots, swelling or other abnormalities (inc. numbness, tingling or burning), call us.
|With age, the “fatty-pads” in your feet |
deteriorate, as does bone density. These factors make seniors prone to injuries & stress fractures.
Cold weather causes muscles & ligaments to not move as well, limiting
|If possible, walk on grass or dirt paths that are flat, even and mown (if grass). Wear cushioned footwear.|
|If you |
|your ability to move freely which may increase the risk of injury. |
Diabetics are more prone to infection from even minor injuries. Many people with diabetes may experience a loss of sensation in the feet, making it difficult to detect injury.
|Head to the local indoor heated pool, gym or walk at an indoor exercise facility. You can even try walking around the house. |
Check your feet daily for redness,
blisters or injury. Numbness, tingling or wounds or should be checked immediately! Always wear socks and check shoes for any foreign objects.
|Establishing an exercise program is very important. Knowing your limits and exercising with caution can prevent injuries as well as frustration.||Set appropriate and realistic goals. Pace yourself, choose an activity you like, and increase your program gradually. Drink fluids on hot days and during strenuous activities to avoid heat stroke and exhaustion|