Low-impact exercises for feet don’t have to mean low calorie burning. You can get just as good of a workout—and sometimes even better—doing exercises that don’t aggravate foot problems.
The term low-impact is so vague. Let’s get down to the specifics. Along with the traditional exercises of walking, cycling, and swimming, there are other activities like rowing, climbing stairs, in-line skating, and Zumba that constitute exercises that are easier on your body.
High intensity can also be low impact. Sit on a chair or, even better, a box. Lean back, bend knees 90 degrees, keep your pointed toes on the floor, and put your hands up with palms facing in front of you—like you’re giving someone a high five! Lift your knees up and tap your thighs as you draw your legs in. Repeat as fast as you can for 45 seconds. Do three more times.
If you’re injured and would like to learn more exercises with lower impact, please call Dr. Victoria Melhuish at Sierra Foot & Ankle in Carson City, NV, at (775) 783-8037. We also have an office in Gardnerville, which can be reached at the same number.