Three Good Reasons To Exercise

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It’s not unusual for patients to come to Hartford Podiatry Group seeking treatment for a wide range of foot health issues. Often, they ask for a prescription they can take to make their problem disappear. But what if you knew that there was a prescription that could not only help you heal your foot health issues, physical illnesses, and injuries, but could actually help you avoid them? There is! Along with a healthy diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, lean protein sources, whole grains, and low-fat dairy foods, exercise is the key to good health.  

Why should you exercise? Here are three good reasons: 

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. Regular exercise will keep your blood pressure under control.

  • Osteoporosis is a dangerous weakening of the bones. People with osteoporosis, and its precursor osteopenia, are at increased risk of fractures especially in the many bones of the foot. Weight-bearing exercise is the best way to prevent and manage osteoporosis.

  • In people with diabetes, the pancreas fails in full or in part to produce the hormone insulin, necessary to regulate levels of blood glucose. This unregulated blood glucose poses dangers to the entire body and particular risks to foot health. Along with a sensible diet and any medication prescribed by your doctor, daily exercise can help keep blood sugar levels even and safe. 

You don’t have to join a gym or start running marathons to improve health through exercise if you don’t want to. Take a walk or join a gentle yoga class if that’s more your speed. All exercise is good for your physical and mental well-being. 

Do you have a concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein are board-certified podiatrists and they are here to help. Schedule a visit in our modern, comfortable Hartford and Rocky Hill offices. Call the friendly Hartford Podiatry Group staff at 860-523-8026 or click here to get started today.