We all know how important regular exercise is for our health, but there is a very important step many people neglect: stretching. Stretching aids in loosening up joints and keeping your muscles limber. We often instinctively stretch when waking up in the morning since our bodies are stationary for some time. But stretching is equally as important before and after exercising to reduce lactic acid buildup, a substance that contributes to the achy, sore feeling we get the day after a workout.
The benefits of stretching go far beyond reducing soreness, especially when it comes to your feet. Here are 3 reasons why you should stretch regularly to avoid injury, as well as to keep your feet healthy and happy!
Regular aches and pains can result from long work days, or a heavy workout. However, they shouldn’t be avoided. Stretching at the end of the day can relieve pain from your feet and help you avoid injury down the road. Wearing the right shoes during the day can make a huge difference as well. Xelero’s Heidi shoe is a great choice for an everyday shoe. This style offers Euro Oblique Last for added toe room, as well as midsole absorption pads to keep your feet comfortable and supported all day long.
Stretching has been proven to improve flexibility and range of motion. The tendons in your feet can become tight or inflamed easily, especially considering they are supporting your body throughout the day! Improper shoes or rigorous activity that impacts your feet, along with lack of stretching can lead to issues such as plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the ligaments in your foot. Xelero’s Matrix 2020 is one of our shoes that has actually been shown to help correct plantar fasciitis, as well as other common issues like knee and ankle pain.
While the right shoe can help prevent injuries, keeping a regular schedule of stretching your feet can give you a better range of motion in your ankles and feet, which aids in better balance and agility as well.
The human foot is capable of being efficient without shoes, however modern changes in our landscapes have made it difficult – dangerous as well- to be barefoot. Shoes are designed for our feet to still move in a natural stride, and shouldn’t disrupt bone alignment. If your muscles and tendons around the bones are healthy and supported, your feet can work at full capacity. Keeping your muscles healthy includes regular stretches, exercise to condition those muscles, and supportive shoes!
We offer a wide variety of stability shoes that can aid in the correction of common foot issues such as overpronation, supination, and plantar fasciitis. Our shoes aren’t just for corrections though. Wearing a supportive, comfortable, everyday shoe is important to avoid injuries from occurring in the first place. With Xelero motion control shoes, you will walk easier and stay on your feet longer with less pain, whether that means helping you live a healthier and more active lifestyle, or getting you back training quicker while overcoming an injury.