Exercise provides a range of benefits for our mind and body, and we recently shared four favorite ways to enjoy walking in Klamath Falls, but if you're finding the weather too wet, hot, or cold for you to want to exercise outdoors, try one of our favorite YouTube workout videos indoors so you can keep moving.
Our favorite overall YouTube channel for aerobics workout videos is The Body Coach TV. Joe, the body coach, exudes positivity while providing an excellent cardio workout. Overall, he’s the best because he provides workouts of various lengths and for all age levels and abilities, including seniors, beginners, experienced, and children. If his beginner workouts are too rigorous at first, try his senior workouts, which are also popular with beginners.
Next, our favorite overall YouTube channel just for for beginners and seniors is yes2next. This mother daughter duo will have you smiling while they keep you company during your workout. Most of their workout videos are short, so you may want to complete more than one video per session or follow one of their videos with another favorite YouTube video, such as yoga.
SarahBethYoga has created our favorite yoga videos on YouTube. With their relaxing vibe and easy to follow instructions, we really enjoy her yoga practices. She's created them in a variety of lengths and for various levels of experience.
Finally, our favorite workouts for kids were created by Pregnancy and Postpartum TV on YouTube. With over 20 themed videos currently, you're likely to find one that appeals to your children.
The Best YouTube Channels for Working Out at Home
If you struggle to exercise due to foot or ankle pain, schedule an appointment with your Klamath Falls double board certified podiatrist, Dr. Jeff Merrill, today by calling 541-850-6463. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online by clicking here. Please note that online appointment requests are not booked until you receive a confirmation phone call from our office.
For those who are overweight, losing weight can be an essential part of relieving foot pain.
If you're looking to lose weight, why not try adding a walk into your daily routine? Scenic walking routes abound here in Klamath. You may want to try the dog-friendly walking trail found at Steen Sports Park. If you'd like to enjoy birdwatching while walking, try the Link River Trail, which follows the Link River in Klamath Falls. Additionally, Moore Park includes many walking trails, including those with varied terrain for when you're ready for a challenge. Finally, if you're feeling unmotivated to keep moving, geocaching may be for you. There are over 900 geocaches in the Klamath area, and hunting for them serves as a fun way to keep you moving.
If foot pain is preventing you from beginning a walking routine, a visit with our podiatrist, Jeff Merrill DPM FACFAS can help get you moving again.
Don’t let foot injuries keep you from your fitness resolutions
In the New Year, don’t forget to keep your feet in tip-top shape while following through with your resolutions to get fit. Klamath Falls foot surgeon Jeff Merrill, DPM, FACFAS, offers tips for foot safety while at the gym.
Start new workouts gradually— Increase your stamina and the length of your workouts gradually to avoid overuse injuries such as stress fractures or tendon strains and sprains. Stretching your muscles before and after workouts also helps prevent these types of injuries. “If you do feel you’ve sprained your ankle, be sure to seek treatment right away,” Dr. Merrill, a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons explains. “Untreated or repeated ankle sprains may lead to chronic ankle instability, a condition that causes persistent pain and a ‘giving way’ of the ankle.”
Wear the right shoe and sock— Wear well-fitting athletic shoes designed for the exercise or sport. According to Dr. Merrill, shoes that don’t support the arch of the foot and provide cushion for the heel can cause heel pain (plantar fasciitis). Shoes that are too small can also cause a neuroma or a thickening of the nerve tissue, in the foot and may require injections, medication or physical therapy. Wearing cotton or non-slip socks are also key to help avoid painful blisters, which can become infected and cause more serious issues.
Use good technique— Improper exercise techniques can result in injury to the tendons or ligaments in your feet and ankles. “Incorrect posture or misuse of exercise equipment can cause decreased stabilization in the foot and ankle, leading to joint sprains and muscle strains,” Dr. Merrill says.
Protect yourself from bacteria— Sweaty shoes, public showers, exercise equipment and the pool deck at the gym are breeding grounds for fungus, viruses and bacteria, including drug-resistant strains like MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) which has become increasingly more common. Never go barefoot while in public areas; water shoes can provide a great barrier between your feet and the wet surfaces. “It’s also best to cover cuts and cracks in the skin or ingrown toenails since these minor tears in the skin’s surface can act as entry points for bacteria. If you have a cut or scrape that becomes red or swollen and is not healing in a timely manner, don’t hesitate to see a foot and ankle surgeon for an examination,” Dr. Merrill says.
Above all, it’s important to listen to your body. If you experience an injury or pain, call Dr. Merrill’s office at 541-850-6463 for an evaluation. To learn more about foot and ankle health topics, visit the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons’ website, FootHealthFacts.org.
Klamath Falls Foot and Ankle, LLC Staff