Some of you might remember an old gospel song called, Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones.
Although quite bouncy and humorous, it was also truthful. The basic lyrics of the song spoke about how the body is connected.
The foot bone’s connected to the ankle bone; the ankle bone’s connected to the leg bone; the leg bone’s connected to the knee bone….
and so on, all the way through the body.
If you hurt one part, it can affect another part of your body.
As we get older, the need to take care of our body, along with adequate exercise becomes even more significant.
In our younger years, ‘exercise’ usually meant high-energy activity for a total amount of time each week. However, in our senior years, ‘exercise’ might simply mean regular movement. That could be for short periods, but as often as possible.
Information provided by the Ontario Chiropractic Association reminds us that exercise has a positive effect on every aspect of our health. Generally, the more movement we do, the better off we are, physically.
A great form of exercise is walking. For one thing, walking is free, and when we walk in the right environment, it can be mentally stimulating. It can also help us as regain improved physical condition.
Of course, you should choose proper walking shoes, not just for comfort, but also to prevent falls, which could cause other serious problems.
Three important considerations for your footwear are:
- ankle support
Sometimes we’re tempted to choose style over ankle support, but depending on how much support you need, just remember that the higher the top of the shoes, the more ankle support you’ll have. An alternative to women’s shoes with higher tops would be to have a strap going across the front of the shoe.
This would lessen the risk of your foot slipping out.
Until next time.