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Exercise – Before and After Tips to Keep You Healthy!

The contestants on The Biggest Loser have Jillian Michaels to keep them motivated (or scared), but most of us are on our own when it comes to an exercise plan. When life gets busy and you’re trying to fit in a workout in the madness, it’s easy to forget the importance of doing it right. When you only have a small window of time, it’s tempting to jump right in and get it done. However, a good warm up and cool down is very important. It adds some extra time to your workout, but a healthy body is worth the sacrifice.

Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt, podiatrists in Dallas and Plano, TX, have seen and treated many kinds of injuries caused by overuse or improper exercise. The wrong footwear often plays a huge role, but leaving out stretching, warming up and cooling down can also put you at risk for an injury. Here are some quick highlights to keep in mind:

  • Warming up prepares your body for exercise and increases blood flow to your muscles.
  • A warm up starts with a focus on large muscle groups and should get your heart pumping but not leave you fatigued
  • A cool down helps to gradually decrease you heart rate
  • The cool down is the best time to do some stretching since muscles are warmed up. Keep in mind to only stretch until there is a light tension on the muscle, you should not feel pain.


If you are looking for some safe, easy exercises to improve your strength and help you avoid injury, contact Dallas Podiatry Works. We treat athletes of all kinds and ages on a regular basis. Make an appointment by calling our office in Dallas, TX (972) 566-7474 or Plano, TX (972) 943-3323.

"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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