Staying active and mobile is an essential part of maintaining a happy and healthy body. There’s nothing more frustrating than when your feet begin to hinder that mobility. Over time, we can easily develop bad habits as we move through the motions of life: such as wearing the highest of heels that kill your feet, spending more time on the couch than you should, and when you do make time to workout, you wear shoes with insufficient support. In order to motivate your body and mind to stay active, you must help your feet stay comfortable and pain-free.
Are you ready to incorporate more movement into your daily routine? Here are four steps to pain free walking.
Get Up and Move
It’s as simple as that. If your job requires you to sit for hours on end, that’s something you can’t necessarily control. But that doesn’t mean that you need to be glued to the chair for the entire duration. During each hour of your workday, try to make a concerted effort to stand up, walk around, and even stretch. Walk around for five minutes each time to allow your blood to circulate and your muscles to engage. Go for a walk on your lunch break, walk to the grocery store instead of driving, and take the dog to the far park on your nightly walks. These little changes add up!
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Comfortable footwear has changed a lot over the years. Now you can get the hottest looks and trendy styles without hurting your feet. Supportive, stylish comfortable footwear includes orthopedic walking sandals, comfort dress shoes, and comfort sneakers. If needed, use inserts and custom orthotics to support your arches. If you must carry a separate pair of shoes in your bag, do it so that you can at least allow your feet to walk in comfort to and from work.
Maintain Good Posture
For many of us, maintaining good posture is something that simply does not come naturally. But it is imperative to work at it to help align your spine, support your back, and reduce pain throughout your body and feet.
In order to walk happy, you must give your body the best chance it has at helping to maintain strength and stamina in those muscles, and alleviate inflammation and pain. By supporting your feet every way that you can you can allow your feet to carry you effortlessly and pain-free.