Aerobic Exercises Improve Overall Health
Over 24 million people take part in some form of aerobic exercise. Aerobics present a variety of health benefits. Health benefits include increased cardiopulmonary efficiency, heart and lung strengthening, circulation improvement, lowered cholesterol levels, and reduced stress and anxiety levels.
However, aerobic exercises necessitate many quick, side-to-side motions and jumping for large amounts of time, which can be damaging to your feet. Caring for your feet properly while exercising is extremely important. Aerobic injuries often involve the foot, ankle, and/or lower leg. Wearing inappropriate footwear, exercising on unsuitable surfaces, or overdoing it during routines can cause issues in feet and ankles. According to the experts, hardwood floors are the safest surfaces for your feet during aerobic exercise, particularly when mats are on the floor. Stretching is vital in helping to avoid injuries. All the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the leg, ankle, foot, and toes need to be stretched in warm-up and cool-down periods before and after exercise.
Appropriate footwear is critical in keeping your feet healthy while participating in aerobics. Don't just grab an old pair of sneakers out of your closet. Major companies have now specifically made special shoes for aerobics. These shoes are engineered to give the arch and side of the foot the proper support; they also are made with soles that permit the twisting and turning an aerobics regimen requires. Running shoes do not have the lateral stability that aerobic exercises require and they lift the heel too high for aerobic activity. Running shoes are also frequently built with an acute outside flair, which may put the foot and ankle at a higher risk for injury due to the lateral motions in aerobics.
Aerobic footwear needs to give the foot adequate cushioning and good shock absorption to make up for all the pressure put on the foot while doing aerobics. They also need good medial-lateral stability. Impact forces from aerobic exercise can reach up to six times the force of gravity, which is transmitted to each of the 26 bones in the foot.
Aerobic footwear needs to compensate for all that pressure. Choose footwear with a thick enough upper leather or strap support to provide forefoot stability and prevent slippage of the foot. It will also help to avoid lateral shoe breakup. The shoes also need to have a toe box that is high enough to prevent irritation of your toes and nails.
Two other tips: buy your aerobics shoes in the afternoon, when your feet swell slightly and wear the same socks (preferably made of an acrylic blend) that you will wear during aerobics.