Fitness walking and running can give the feet a pounding. How can you refresh, revitalize and pamper your feet after a long walking workout, and keep them in the best condition for your next workout?
A nice soak after a long day on your feet (or an intense workout) can help restore the feet. Warm water is soothing, and if you want to soften up calluses or reduce cracks, adding a squirt of dishwashing liquid can reduce bacteria and help moisturize. In a pinch, I have used two plastic bags to soak my feet. But I far prefer a foot spa with jets and bubbles. There are many models available.
If you have hot spots or blisters on your feet, add a half cup of Epsom Salts, bath salts or even regular table salt to the water in your foot bath. This will dry out the blisters and help toughen your feet. Some people also think it is very refreshing. However, if you use this, be sure to rinse well and then moisturize your feet afterward as it will also dry the skin.
3. Foot Scrub
Use a foot scrub at the end of the soak to gently remove dead skin, sweat and dirt. You want to be gentle, as you don't want to irritate any hot spots. Also, if you are training for a half marathon or marathon, you don't want to remove too much callus as a little helps prevent blisters. There are so many different kinds of scrubs, from sugar to ground grapeseed and bamboo. I prefer ones with natural fragrances or no fragrance rather than fake perfumes.
Blood and fluid tends to pool in your lower legs. Lying down with your feet up after a long workout or a long day on your feet helps reduce the swelling. I like having good support under my knees when I put my feet up. While you can certainly use pillows, I liked the Leg Lounger specially designed for this purpose. It adjusts easily for angle and firmness.
6. Foot MassageNow that your feet are clean, continue the pampering with a foot massage. You can give yourself a foot massage or enlist a friend or loved one. Video: How to Give a Foot Massage
7. Home Pedicure
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