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Did you know a study conducted by Strava, a running application, found that January 19th is the day that most fitness resolutions end? At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want to help our Middlesex County patients get past Quitter’s Day and make their resolutions to get in shape become a firmly established habit. Regular exercise brings many benefits to your feet (and the rest of your body). 

Here are 6 tips to help you stay motivated and keep your fitness plan going strong all year:

  1. Work with, not against, your foot conditions. If you have chronic foot pain or foot condition, such as a bunion or hammertoeplantar fasciitis, or weak ankles, make sure you talk to our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, about the type of exercise that will work best for your feet. The foot doctor can recommend footwear and activities that will best accommodate any podiatric issues you currently have.
  2. Set S-M-A-R-T goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Your fitness goals must be realistic and achievable. For example, saying “I want to start running to get in shape” is vague. More likely to succeed is, “I want to increase my fitness level and run a 5K race on March 15th.”
  3. Get the right gear. If your exercise activity requires special equipment, make sure what you’re using is the right size for you, this is particularly important for your footwear. Sports shoes are designed for specific activities. Buy the right shoes for your fitness plan, and be sure you get your feet professionally measured and footwear properly fitted.
  4. Enlist the help of a friend. It’s easier to stay motivated and accountable if you have a friend working out with you. You’ll be more likely to stick to your schedule if canceling affects another person. It’s also encouraging to have someone to share your successes as you strive to reach your fitness goals.
  5. Reward yourself. Along with your overall SMART goals, set some smaller goals, such as when you reach a milestone distance, or the number of days successfully completing your exercise goals. Give yourself a reward when you reach them, such as a movie night, a new book that interests you, or maybe a long soak in a bubble bath.
  6. Switch it up now and then. Even the most dedicated fitness folks get bored. Do something different to keep it interesting: swap your run for a bike ride or take a hike one weekend afternoon instead of your regular fitness class. Consider mixing and matching exercises, for example walking followed by jumping rope.

We hope these tips encourage you to stay on track with your exercise goals.

If you have questions about exercise and your feet and ankles, please contact us at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 22, 2020
Category: exercise

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that it’s about this time when many resolutions that were made fervently in the New Year to get in shape begin to peter out. We want our Fairfield County patients to be able to continue on this very worthwhile path.

Here, we offer the most common causes of exercise plan demise and how you can avoid them.

  1. You chose a poor plan. Too often, patients forget that big goals, like getting fit, require a long and steady effort. Tempting plans that offer quick success invariably fail. If an exercise regimen is too strenuous, it is difficult to sustain. Trying to do too much too soon can leave you worn out and discouraged. Instead, look for a fitness plan that starts out slowly with something you know you can do and then gradually builds in duration and intensity to help you gain muscle strength and endurance at a steady pace. A plan started January first would now be starting to yield noticeable results if it is sound and you have been able to stick with it. Good plans also include warmups, cooldowns and stretches to protect your body from injury.

  2. You didn’t have the right shoes. Today’s fitness footwear is specifically designed for the movement required by a particular sport or activity. In addition, the individual foot condition and chronic disorders that you may have such as bunions or heel pain may dictate the type of shoes that would be best. If you have an ongoing foot problem, it’s important for our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas to examine your feet before you start a new exercise program. The foot doctor may have recommendations for shoe features that will enhance both comfort and performance. In some cases, a custom orthotic device may be prescribed.

  3. You injured your foot or ankle. If you made one of the two above mistakes, your risk for podiatric injury is increased. Programs that attempt to bring you from couch potato to super athlete in a short time can cause overuse injuries like Achilles tendonitis. Poor shoe choice can lead to blisters, shin splints and other more serious injuries. The bottom line is, if your feet or ankles hurt, stop the activity and contact our Cromwell office for an appointment by calling: (860) 632-5499. We’ll diagnose your foot problem and help you re-boot your fitness plan.



 








 

 

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