A New Year to Start Running

Climb a mountain! Lose weight! Learn to dance! Take a trip! People everywhere are declaring their New Year resolutions. After all, a new year means a fresh start and another chance to begin that one thing you’ve always wanted to do. While many don’t keep their resolutions for long, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can successfully start, and keep, a running routine for this coming year.

Running is great exercise and can help you maintain strong, healthy feet. You have to start it right, though. Pushing yourself too hard at the beginning, particularly if your body isn’t prepped for it, can lead to injuries.

Begin a pattern of walk-runs. Warm up thoroughly with some dynamic stretches and a little walk, then begin an alternating pattern of running for a few seconds, then walking again. Gradually increase the time you run and decrease the time you walk. Over several weeks you’ll work to a consistent run without stopping. Once your run is complete, walk to cool down and stretch your whole body. This helps you keep healthy feet and avoid injuries later.

There are a few things to keep in mind as a beginning runner:

This is the perfect time of year to start running. If you’d like more tips, or you are struggling with foot pain when you exercise, let Dr. Darren Silvester at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic in Pleasanton, TX help you. Just call our office at (830) 569-3338 to make an appointment.

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