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Walk your way through May

May 17, 2017 by Lisa

Walk your way through May with some great advice from Podiatrist Tracy Byrne

May is national walking month, and we thought it might be a nice time to talk to you about some of the benefits of walking. It’s simple for most of us, totally free, and helps us get back to nature which has lots of proven benefits in itself. Starting a good walking habit, will lead to increased bone strength, increased cardio vascular strength, and weight loss.

In an average lifetime, we walk about 100,000 miles, which is tough on our feet. Yet our bodies were designed for moving not standing still, so walking is good exercise. Walking helps the muscles and ligaments in our feet to work more efficiently, and helps keep them supple and flexible.
For most of us, walking is as simple as putting on a pair of shoes and opening our front door.

Try some of the following tips to get you motivated:
• Counting your steps and aiming for a daily target is one of the most motivating ways to get yourself walking more. There are lots of free apps on most of our phones (unless you’re still using a brick!).
• Walk to the shops around the corner rather than driving, or get off the bus a stop or two early and walk the last 10 minutes to the office.
• Bring a friend, as well as having a good catch up you are both getting fit in the process, and it’s harder to bale at the last minute!
• Explore your local parks, with so many green spaces in London it’s good to get exploring.
• Share your progress on Facebook/twitter/Instagram to encourage others.

Maintain a good foot health routine, by wearing breathable socks, and well-fitting shoes when you walk.
Once a week or more if you have the time, foot file any hard skin with a foot file (only when your feet are dry), and moisturise to keep them baby soft. If you don’t have the time book an appointment with Tracy or Carol our amazing Podiatrists, who will carry out a full Foot MOT as well as advising you on shoes, aches and pains such as heel pain, bunion pain, tightness in the legs and self care.

Tracy has taken this one step further, as she embarks upon one of the toughest walking challenges there is as she takes on the Three Peaks Challenge this September to raise vital funds for Motor Neurone Disease research. Read her link here

We’ll be charting her progress along the way, so please do stay in touch. We hope that we have inspired you to dust of your walking shoes for May.

Happy Walking Big love,

Team Holistic Health


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