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Movin’ Together: Stretching & Shoes
On every broadcast of Movin’ Together, we present a tool that assists us in supporting our immune system and fighting disease. This program, specially designed for women, encourages us all to be proactive about our health.
This broadcast encourages us to be proactive about our movements from the ground up – our feet! The choice of shoes we wear affects how good our feet feel. And we want our shoes to support our movements. as we stretch, walk, or run. We are hindered if our feet are not feeling healthy and strong.
Good shoes support our feet and stabilize our movements, and Stretching enhances flexibility and coordination. Both are important if we want to stay active at any age.
Shopping and Stretching
Propet is a shoe brand I have worn for about ten years, and I have enjoyed the comfort and support. It is usually a good idea to try shoes on before you buy them. So stop into Dunhams’s Shoe Department to try on a pair, and let me know what you think!
Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when you call on the muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way.
Better flexibility may:
1. Improve your performance in physical activities.
2. Decrease your risk of injuries.
3. Help your joints move through their full range of motion.
4. Increase muscle blood flow.
5. Enable your muscles to work most effectively.
6. Improve your ability to do daily activities.
Wall Stretch: Watch the video for a visual guide
1. Go to the wall and put your hands on the wall.
2. Move your back leg straight and heal down, preparing for the hip flexor stretch.
3. Move your hips forward until you feel a mild stretch in your calf.
4. Watch that your knee does not go over your toe.
5. Switch legs and repeat.
6. Hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds — don’t bounce — and do one or two repetitions twice to thrice daily.
This stretch also helps to prevent plantar fasciitis.
I do this stretch often because it is easy and straightforward.