Health and Wellbeing Calendar 2018

Corporate

1 January 2018

Walk30 challenge: week three

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You’ve made it to week 3 of the Walk30 challenge – you’re half way there! We hope your 30 minutes of brisk walking, 5 days a week, is becoming a healthy habit. Whether you’re simply picking up the pace on your usual walks, or have started a new walking regime, your body and mind should be starting to feel all the better for it: keep up the good work!

Here are the most common problems caused by walking and more importantly, how to deal with them:

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Shin splints are caused by exercise and can be felt in the front of your lower legs. To avoid shin splints wear shoes with supportive insoles, avoid exercising on hard surfaces; taking a rest from exercise can be beneficial1

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Friction blisters can be caused by friction or heat and can develop when the skin is wet or if conditions are warm. To avoid friction blisters keep your feet dry with thicker socks or talcum powder. It is important to wear well-fitted shoes2

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Bunions can be caused by poorly fitted shoes. Make sure your shoes are supportive and not too tight.

Walking fact

Doing moderate exercise means that your breathing will get heavier. A good way to tell if you’re walking at a brisk enough pace is if you can still hold a conversation, but not sing a line of a song!

 

References

1Shin splints - NHS

2Blisters - NHS