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by Linda Melone, AARP The Magazine, May/June 2010 issue
A Wedding Reception
A night of dancing can be loads of fun, but if you're not used to it, those hours wearing dressy shoes can leave you sore the next day. "You lose fat under the ball of your foot with age, so wear shoes with extra cushioning," advises Suzanne M. Levine, D.P.M., a New York City podiatric surgeon. In the days leading up to the event, strengthen and stretch your legs and feet with the following daily exercises:
A long layover at the airport
Instead of sitting and waiting for your connecting flight, try walking briskly through the airport, says Mark Nutting, fitness director of Saco Sport and Fitness in Saco, Maine. "If you have 30 minutes, you can get in a whole workout."
Once you've warmed up your muscles, try these seated stretches:
An Extended Road Trip
Spending hours in a car can be painful if you don't take some precautionary measures before leaving home. First, make sure the driver's seat is at a 90-degree angle—not tipped back—to prevent your head from tilting forward, and that both you and your passenger have plenty of legroom. Also, don't sit on your wallet, as that can irritate the sciatic nerve. And allow extra time for breaks, says Christopher Travers, an exercise physiologist with the Cleveland Clinic. Try these hip and back stretches at each rest stop:
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