Here in Macomb County, we at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers know that exercise, like many other parts of your life, may have come to a standstill during the last few months. As things begin to open up slowly, it’s important to get back on track with your fitness plan. We all know the many benefits of exercise:
- Improved mental health
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Reducing the risk for diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis
But how to come back? Below are six tips to help you get you moving.
- Picture your goals—why do you exercise? Is it to look good in your bathing suit? Are you hoping to run a 5k or go on a hiking trip this summer? Do you want more energy to keep up with your kids? Post one or more photographs that illustrates your motivating factors prominently to incentivize you.
- Check on old injuries—it’s always a good idea before starting a new exercise program (or re-starting one after a period of inactivity) to schedule an evaluation with your physician. If you have suffered multiple ankle sprains or other injuries or you have a chronic condition like plantar fasciitis, contact our St. Clair Shores (586-779-6140) office to schedule a consultation with our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, or Dr. Philip M. Watkins.
- Get your gear on—the next step is making sure you have the right shoes for the exercise you choose to do. Fitness shoes are sport-specific. If you’re starting a new activity, you may need to consider new shoes. If you plan to use athletic shoes, you already own, inspect them for signs of wear or damage.
- Put in on the calendar—you’re ready to go, now make it happen by committing to a schedule. Most experts agree that 20-30 minutes of physical activity a day is ideal, but if you’ve been inactive for a while, you may need to start with 10 or 15 and build up gradually.
- Phone a friend—if your fitness activity is walking, running, or something else that can be done while maintaining social distancing, consider getting a friend to be an exercise partner. Even if you can’t physically be together, you can report your progress to each other and help maintain mutual motivation.
- Reinforce your goals with healthy lifestyle choices. Making healthier dietary choices, quitting smoking, reducing your intake of alcoholic beverages can all help you stay on track and create an upward spiral to better health.
As always, if you experience any new pain or discomfort with exercise, contact us as soon as possible.