As the New Year begins, all of us at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center have “resolutions” on our minds. So many people resolve each year to lose weight and get in better shape – and that’s a fantastic goal to have. Even if you’re only slightly overweight, your feet can suffer greatly with
In contrast, regular exercise helps keep off unwanted pounds that stress out your feet. It also increases bone and muscle mass, further helping to prevent foot pain and strain. So if you’ve got excuses for exercising, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm has these suggestions to help you get over them.
Excuse: I’m too out of shape.
Solution: When you feel the effort to get in shape is just too much, a goal too lofty, think in small increments. Today, decide what exercise you might enjoy. Tomorrow, find a partner to join you. Every day, do a little bit more than you did yesterday, and you’ll soon be on your way.
Excuse: I’m too old.
Solution: Consult your primary care physician. Once you get the all-clear, discuss with him/her what types of exercise are safe for you. Get motivation from online videos showing fit people of all ages (try searching “Iron Nun” or “Tao Porchon-Lynch”).
Excuse: I can’t afford the equipment/gym membership.
Solutions: Take up walking: the only equipment you need is a good pair of athletic shoes. Or, take advantage of January sales and create a home gym with just a few weights and an exercise ball.
Excuse: I don’t have the time.
Solutions: Start with short sessions. Try 10 minutes of walking in the morning, 10 in the evening. Set an alarm on your smartphone to make an appointment with yourself.
Excuse: It’s boring.
Solution: Mix it up. Take a dance or Tai-chi class. Join an over-40 basketball league. Put a bike on a trainer and pedal while you catch up on a favorite Netflix series. Take a hike with a friend.
Excuse: My feet hurt too much.
Solution: Visit our expert podiatrist in Centreville, Virginia. Dr. Wilhelm treats all ailments of the feet and ankles for people of all ages. Call (703) 996-3000 today or make an appointment online.