Feet are subject to more injury than any other body part….why?
Though the best exercise for your feet is walking; walking brings a force of several hundred pounds on the feet. In fact, a 150-pound individual who walks one mile exerts about 63.5 tons on each foot…that’s 127,000 pounds per foot. When walking on cement, each foot receives 180-pound jolt every step.
Average Americans (not exactly sure who this refers to) walk about 10,000 steps per day. During a lifetime, these same individuals walk about 115,000 miles, which is more than 4x around the earth.
Runners exert 3-4 times their body weight on their feet.
For those that like heels, a 2 ½ “heel increases forefoot load by 75%
How to take care of your body’s foundation:
- Foot stretches: http://ashotofadrenaline.net/category/ankle-foot-stretches
- Free your feet from shoes whenever possible; this enables your feet to naturally articulate.
- Foot soaks: I prefer an easy (and inexpensive) soak with Epsom salts. These salts are actually a form of magnesium, which is a muscle relaxant. Fill container with warm water, add some salts and enjoy. No need to buy expensive salts; generic unscented salts can be had for about $3-5.
- Yoga: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKOTtJYbXLc&feature=related
- Massage your own feet or friends: http://www.reflexology-research.com/footchart.html
Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground. Theodore Roosevelt