Feet in the Clouds, Head on the Ground!

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“I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more” is the refrain of a pop song, and while walking has numerous benefits for our body, health, and mind, walking that much can put quite a strain on our feet.

Experts recommend that we should walk around 10,000 steps per day, but most of us, considering our sedentary lifestyle, average anywhere between 1,000-3,000 steps daily. Walking helps us burn those extra calories — in fact, an additional 2,000 calories if you’re really serious about it. And the positive side effects on our heart and mental health are boundless.

And if casual walking is not enough for you, there are organizations and various groups that set you up with an opportunity to walk across the United States. Why do people walk? Reasons include everything from getting in touch with the real America (from small towns to the mountains, away from the hustle and bustle of corporate-driven cities) to getting in touch with something deeper and more meaningful within ourselves.

So before you embark on your journey by foot to self-discovery–or maybe just before you head out to the corner store–here are some tips to keep your feet in tip-top shape.

Get a pedicure — Nothing says celebration like treating yourself to a foot spa. Schedule an appointment for a relaxing foot massage, and let the experts treat your feet. Get those calluses, dead skin, and rough spots smoothed away. Offer your feet the rejuvenation and care they need.

Spa at home — Our feet are some of our most neglected body parts, so take a moment to focus on them during your bath routine. Soak them in a warm bath of Epsom salts, or use foot scrubs and therapeutic lotions to improve your feet’s circulation and relieve pressure.

Walk a mile… — The best thing you can do to prepare for a workout involving your feet is to wear proper shoes. In 2014 alone, there were almost 200,000 emergency room visits stemming from some type of shoe-related problem. The next time you decide to wear heels or flip flops, think about the potential damage that type of footwear can be causing you.  

Strive to maintain the health of your feet, bones, and muscles on a daily basis to reduce deterioration. And keep in mind that proper diet is also instrumental when it comes to foot health. Calcium and vitamin D work to support your bone health, mass, and density. And a healthy weight can relieve pressure from your joints that could contribute to unwanted wear and tear. So this may be quite a “feet,” but taking a few moments for foot care will leave you feeling spry and healthy–and ready to walk way more than just a 1000 miles!  

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