As we enter our 30s, 40s, and 50s, life seems to get busier than ever. Between professional and family obligations, not to mention taking a little time for ourselves and our sanity, it seems like there is always less and less time to get that doctor-recommended 30 minutes of exercise every day. It can be even more difficult if you are suffering from any number of common foot injuries. But the truth is, the busier you are, the more you need to go for that daily run/walk. Here’s why:
Exercise Improves Brain Function
With all the demands placed on you every day, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. This is compounded by that foggy feeling that many people get in the early morning or after lunch. But what if you could get more done at work in a shorter amount of time? What if you could leave on time most, if not every, day? Well, a little cardiovascular exercise can help with that.
Walking and, especially, running get your heart and lungs working overtime. They have to work extra hard to get more oxygen to your muscles so they can keep up with this increase in activity. But the increase in oxygen-rich blood pumping blood also affects your brain. It can even stimulate the creation of new nerve cells and blood vessels within the brain, effectively reversing some of the aging process within the brain.
Running Can Help Relieve Stress
While a little stress is good for us, pushing us to excel in certain situations, too much can be downright deadly. Fortunately, running and walking stimulate the production of endorphins within the brain. These relaxing chemicals help put you in a better mood and can relax you after a stressful day of work and errands. For best results, try running in a natural setting with fewer people around.
Walking Can Be a Great Group Activity
Looking for a little quality time with the family? Maybe you want to get to know your neighbors better. Taking a nightly walk or jog after dinner can be a great way to spend time with those around you and get that much-needed exercise. It’s a great example of multi-tasking and the kids won’t have the opportunity to get distracted by their phones or tablets.
Weight Loss Can Reduce Other Health Risks
Here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, we regularly treat patients with diabetic foot problems. Type 2 diabetes is one of those diseases that are more prevalent in individuals who are overweight. Going for regular walks or runs can help you keep your weight in the healthy range, reducing your risk of developing obesity-related conditions. This can create a positive feedback loop, where healthy living leads to lower risk of disease, making it easier to continue exercising. This also means less time away from work and home for medical treatments.
Exercise Boosts Your Energy
Finally, if you feel like your life is too busy now, imagine how much harder it will be to keep up as you age. Fortunately, exercise helps give you more energy in the long run, even if you feel a little drained at first. Regular runs or walks mean more restful sleep and increased energy throughout the day. The boost in productivity alone will more than make up for the 30-60 minutes you spend exercising every day.
It is important to take the proper precautions before starting any new exercise plan. You should consult with a doctor to make sure you are healthy enough to engage in your planned activity. We can also recommend the right equipment and even make custom orthotics to cushion and protect your feet and ankles.