The New Year is a great time to take on a new fitness regimen, and no doubt many of you will have made resolutions to start running in 2017
I’m always a fan of people taking steps to become healthier but when you begin any new exercise program, especially when you’re first getting into running, the potential for foot and ankle injuries is pretty high.
To keep you on a happy, healthy path this New Year, try these five stay-safe tips from your Houston running doctor:
- Start small: Don’t assume that you can get off the couch and run a 5K all in one week. When you’re first starting to run, keeping your mileage low and spacing out sessions will help keep your muscles from getting stress injuries.
- Choose the right shoe: Instead of grabbing whatever sneaker is on sale or looks the prettiest, spend a little more time in a running store like Fleet Feet and invest in a pair of shoes that fits your needs (the experts in the store should help.) As an added bonus, paying a little more for your sneaks should help you stay committed to your new running program.
- Drink up: Staying hydrated before, during and after a run will help you avoid a lot of the initial aches and pains new runners experience.
- Just focus on you: Don’t compare yourself to other runners. Don’t try to pass people on the trail our speed up to match pace with the person on the treadmill next to yours. If you try to run like someone else, you’re more likely to get hurt. If you run like and for you, that’s when you’ll feel great and do your best.
- Keep track: Download an app like Map My Run and keep track of how many miles you’ve been running and how fast you’re doing it. Not only will this help you limit your miles at the beginning, but it will also give you a great way of seeing your progress as you improve and keeping you motivated to keep at it.
Keeping a resolution to get active is never easy, but staying fit if you get hurt is almost impossible. Follow these easy tips to get into running safely and remember to give Dr. Andrew Schneider a call if you experience foot pain during or after your workouts.