A rising trend among lawmakers in Washington, D.C. has created competition not over politics, but over the number of steps walked each day. Administration officials and employees are now able to track steps, miles, calories burned, and heart rate with smartphone sensors and applications such as the Fitbit, which serve as a way to monitor progress. Many offices regularly hold competitions to ensure that employees are getting in their daily 10,000 steps—the total generally recommended by fitness experts and dieticians. “The type of people you find on Capitol Hill are very competitive by nature,” said employee Alexa Marrero. “You have a bunch of Type A personalities in jobs prone to keeping you behind a desk all day, so there are a lot of people who have this as a fun way to get up.”
While power walking is a reliable way to exercise the feet, there are other activities available. To learn more, consult with Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez will attend to all of your foot and ankle concerns.
Exercise for Your Feet
If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.
Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.
Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.
Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.
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