The best exercise for good health
Walking is one of the simplest ways to keep physically active. You can do it almost anywhere and at any time. Walking is also inexpensive — all you need is a pair of shoes with good support.
Each of your feet has 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. They carry your weight from place to place — usually without complaint. But a lot of things can go wrong — especially if you don't take care of them. Here's a short list of common foot problems:
Unfortunately, foot pain can get in the way of healthy activities like walking. Ill-fitting shoes often are the source of the problem. Aging and being overweight also can aggravate sore feet. But you can prevent or treat most causes of foot pain, so you can continue to get the aerobic benefit of walking or jogging.
Here are some ways to prevent foot problems:
If you plan to get into walking, ask your doctor if a daily walking program is right for you — and go easy at first:
Sources: National Institutes of Health