Happy New Year! Have you spent today listing all the ways in which 2014 is going to be a better, healthier year for you? Does one of your New Year’s resolutions involve getting to the gym more often?
If, like so many people, you want to get in better shape in the New Year, you’ll need to make sure that your feet are up to the challenge. In order to make your plans a reality, here’s your Houston podiatrist’s list of New Year foot health resolutions:
- Check out and treat any existing foot pain. It’s almost impossible to get motivated for a new exercise routine when your feet hurt.
- Make sure you have a pair of athletic shoes that fit you properly. If you have a hard-to-fit foot, it may be a good idea to invest in a pair of custom orthotic inserts.
- Create a smart training program. You may want to go from your couch to a 10k in ten days, but taking on too much too soon can leave you vulnerable to sports injuries. Whether you’ve decided to train for a marathon or just get on the elliptical three times a week, any new fitness program needs to be eased into; build in rest days, vary your cardio and incorporate resistance training, even if you are determined to be a runner.
- Once you’re at the gym regularly, pay attention to your body. If something hurts your feet, you’re either doing it wrong or you’ve sustained a foot injury. Try asking a gym staff member to give you a fitness orientation that ensures you use all equipment correctly. If your pain persists, however, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider immediately so that an untreated injury won’t put you back on the couch and back at square one.