Namaste Feet—Yoga for Strong and Relaxed Feet
A key advantage of living in a major city like Dallas, TX is that it provides many options when it comes to working out and getting exercise. This is helpful because we recommend that you strive for a balanced workout program—including low-impact exercises like swimming, and bicycling—for optimal physical health. In addition to swimming and cycling, another great low-impact exercise to consider is yoga. Dallas has a bevy of studios that cater to those who are seeking all the benefits this exercise has to offer, including the relief it can offer aching feet.
When people consider the benefits of yoga, they may think of toned muscles, a strong core, stress relief, and improved breathing, but perhaps not of the beneficial effects for your feet.
So how does yoga actually help with your feet? Let’s examine:
- Although other forms of exercise, like running, can be quite beneficial for your muscular and cardiovascular systems, they may place a lot of stress and pressure on your feet and ankles. Yoga is low-to-no impact and allows you to receive a good workout without harsh forces.
- The practice of yoga is centered on body control, including flexibility. Becoming limber, even in your feet, is important because you open the door for potential injury every time you suddenly push your body into physical activity. As you progress through the various poses, your feet will receive a valuable stretching regimen to help keep them limber and less prone to injury.
- In addition to flexibility, yoga also offers the opportunity to strengthen your muscles, even the ones in your feet. A key benefit of using this practice to make them stronger is that you do not sacrifice muscle length while doing so. When your muscles are tight and shortened, they can tear easily, which leads to inflammation and pain. A common example of this is plantar fasciitis, which causes sharp pain in the morning.
Getting involved in yoga will help strengthen your feet and improve your flexibility, but, unfortunately, injuries may still happen. When they do, Dallas Podiatry Works is here for you! Whether you would like information or are in need of treatment for any podiatric condition, contact us and we will help. You can reach us by calling our Dallas, TX office at (972) 566-7474 or our Plano office at (972) 943-3323, or using our online form to request an appointment today.
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