Developing an Exercise Plan – Where to Begin
There are times in life when it is important to step out and go outside of your comfort zone. It can bring a fresh perspective, teach you something new, and help you learn more about yourself! A 5K is a great option for a new adventure that often benefits others as well. Consider the Dallas Turkey Trot that is taking place November 28th, 2013 in Dallas, TX!
If you are new to running or exercising in general, developing a plan will set you up for success and help you to avoid injury along the way. So where is the best place to start? First, take a good assessment of your starting fitness level – time to be honest here! Look at your aerobic and muscular fitness, flexibility and body composition. To do this, take note of your pulse rate after walking a mile, how long it takes to walk a mile, how many push ups you can do, how far you can reach while sitting with your legs straight in front, and your body mass index.
Secondly, consider your goals and your available schedule to make them happen. It is best to go slow and easy. Trying to do too much, too fast puts you at risk for burnout and injuries such as shin splints, blisters, Achilles tendonitis and heel pain. It’s a great idea, especially if you’ve had a previous injury to visit our podiatric office before you start. Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt help athletes on a regular basis stay in top shape by treating and preventing injury.
Finally, build exercise into your daily routine and set aside time when you know you will fit it in. Seek out a partner who can keep you accountable and on track. Keep a record of your progress, and make sure you allow time for rest.
If you are starting an exercise plan, and experience foot pain or a problem, don’t hesitate to contact Dallas Podiatry Works. We can help begin your plan on the right foot. Make an appointment by calling our office in Dallas, TX at (972) 566-7474 of in Plano, TX at (972) 943-3323. Online scheduling is also available.
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