Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) March 14, 2011
As part of a regular exercise regimen, it’s long been known that walking enables older Americans to stay fit longer and increase their physical stamina. An interesting new development, however, is that a recent study found the speed at which seniors walk also correlates with their longevity.
A study on ambulation by Stephanie Studenki, MD, at the University of Pittsburgh found that the faster someone over 65 covered a short distance, the longer he or she could expect to live. Boston Globe columnist Derrick Z. Jackson reported “The difference was so dramatic, that the chance of living another ten years for 75-year old men, depending on their gait speed, ranged from a low one-in-five chance to a nearly guaranteed nine-in-ten.”
By picking up walking speed early on, seniors can greatly enhance the benefits of walking – including improving their chances of living longer. However, podiatrists and other foot care experts point out that proper footwear and taking care of feet is essential to a successful walking regimen.
Carol J. Buck, CEO of Xenna Corporation (http://www.xenna.com), a distributor of natural foot care products nationwide, says “According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, walking is the number one exercise activity for seniors aged 55 and over.” Of course, before starting any exercise program including walking, a physical exam and medical clearance is advisable.
Buck offers the following tips for seniors who want to start a walking regimen, or enhance the benefits of their current routine:
1. Start slowly. Push ahead gradually, building up to a brisk walk, doing one-half hour stints at least four times a week.
2. Walk on an even surface, not on rough trails which may have hidden holes or other obstacles which could cause injury. If possible, walk on a track rather than a cement surface.
3. Vary the route or direction you walk each day, in order to avoid using muscles the same way all the time.
4. Buy good, supportive shoes specially designed for walking. It’s better to purchase walking shoes from a specialty athletic shoe store, where staff is more knowledgeable about style and proper fit. Buy shoes that are comfortable, and wait until the afternoon to try on new shoes, since feet tend to swell as the day wears on.
5. Take smaller, faster steps and swing arms faster as well, keeping them close to sides.
6. Do a foot self-inspection every night (or morning) to check for blisters, discolored toenails, cracks or other problems. If needed, see a podiatrist for regularly scheduled foot care.
Buck says, “For dry, cracked heels, Xenna’s CalleX® Natural Enzyme Ointment is ideal and available in the footcare section of Walgreens, HEB and Rite Aid.” CalleX Ointment has been shown in consumer studies to significantly soften and smooth thick, dry, flaking skin and cracking on soles and heels within 15 to 30 days. Moisturizing CalleX is also diabetic-friendly (http://www.CallexOintment.com).
Another common problem for seniors is discolored or yellow toenails. Xenna’s patented, diabetic-friendly NonyX® Nail Gel (http://www.nonyx.com) works to exfoliate the dark, yellow or thick granular material called keratin debris which can build up under nails over time and cause them to become unattractive. With regular use, this all natural, ethanoic acid gel softens, breaks down and then clears out unattractive keratin debris, so that it can be scraped out from under the nail after about four weeks.
Once keratin debris is removed, NonyX Gel keeps nails looking clear and attractive. NonyX is sold at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, HEB, Publix and many other stores. All Xenna products are 100% money-back guaranteed.
“Walking is such a beneficial exercise – for body and soul,” says Buck, “but feet are often ignored until problems develop. Proper daily foot care is essential to a successful walking routine, as well as assuring that feet continue to look attractive as we age. Especially, if we plan to live into our ‘80’s or ‘90’s and keep stepping lively!”
Free shipping is available when ordering online at http://www.xenna.com.
About Xenna: Xenna Corporation is a privately-held, woman-owned company based in Princeton, NJ which develops and distributes natural personal care products for skin, hair and nails. To contact them call 800-368-6003 (business hours, Mon-Friday Eastern Time).
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