In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the importance of movement and the role our feet play.

Has anyone ever made the comment "Move It, Or Lose It" to you? Or, maybe you've it said yourself. When this statement is made, it's a prompt to get moving or there may be consequences. The same is true when it comes to our bodies. Hippocrates known as the father of medicine said... "All parts of the body which have a function if used in moderation and exercised in labors in which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy, well developed and age more slowly; but if unused and left idle they become liable to disease, defective in growth, and age quickly." Life back in 400 B.C was very different from today but the human body has not substantially changed. If you’re interested in attaining and maintaining good health in our modern, fast-paced, and much too sedentary world, it would be wise to take Hippocrates’ advice and include regular, moderate exercise in your life. It's as important as our diets.

For starters... The heart and circulatory system benefits. Regular exercise makes the heart muscles stronger and more efficient. The blood vessels dilate during exercise, and so more blood reaches the muscles. It has been found that during vigorous or rapid exercise, the blood circulation in certain muscles and organs increases 25 to 30 times, supplying the muscles and organs with more oxygen and a larger number of red blood corpuscles. The respiratory system also benefits. Breathing becomes not only more rapid, but also deeper, which makes larger quantities of oxygen available. The digestive system improves with movement as well. The secretion of the digestive juices is stimulated by exercise. So, digestion becomes more efficient. Exercise also stimulates intestinal movements or peristalsis, resulting in a more effective elimination of wastes. Then, there's the musculature system. Regular exercise strengthens the muscles, promotes their development and increases their efficiency. Stronger muscles lend better support to the joints. These are just a few of the many benefits the body experiences from exercise.

If someone's feet hurt before or quickly after starting a program, cold water gets thrown on the burning desire to get healthy and move more. The feet need to be ready to take on this challenge. Listen to find out more about more about this interesting subject. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.