More than 24 million people participate in some kind of aerobic exercise, which offers a host of health benefits, including increased cardiopulmonary efficiency, strengthened heart and lungs, improved circulation, lowered cholesterol levels, and stress and anxiety reduction. Of course, consult with your physician before beginning any aerobics program.
Because aerobic dancing involves quick lateral movements, jumping, and leaping for extended periods of time, proper foot care plays a vital part in keeping the entire body fit.
If your feet suffer from excess pronation or supination (inward or outward ankle turning), it's especially important to consult with me. I may recommend controlling these motions with an orthotic shoe insert.
Injuries are common in activities such as aerobics, and often involve the foot, ankle, and lower leg. Improper shoes, surfaces, or routines, and straining muscles by too vigorous a routine can lead to foot problems. Heel pain, ankle sprains, and foot fractures are very common.
- Use hardwood floors, especially with padded mats
- Always wear proper shoes
- Start slow wehn beginning a new program
- Get medical attention immediately following an inuury