There continues to be a growing problem with obesity in children and adults in the United States. The amount and types of food we eat, mixed with a lack of activity, contributes to weight gain as well as other health problems. It can be daunting to start an exercise program as a beginner if you don’t know where to start or what to do.
First of all, we want to tell you that you can do it! Second, though, we want you to be safe and go about things the right way. Getting into shape is a great goal, but there are ways to ensure safe weight loss and keep your body and feet healthy and injury free.
Let’s start out by talking about your foundation: your feet. When you are carrying extra weight, there is a concern about the amount of stress and pressure on your feet. Over time, the arch of your foot may have shifted and flattened, so it will be important that you start out of the gates with a great pair of shoes. Look for a shoe with adequate cushioning, stability, and shock absorption. If you have no idea where to find the best ones, Dr. Gene Reister can point you in the right direction.
Now that you have a solid, comfortable foundation, allow us to give you a few tips as you get started. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, but you may need to build up to that. Start with a short walk, then work on increasing how many steps you take each day. You can add a bit of strength training by holding some light hand weights while you walk. As you improve, add challenges such as walking an incline or raising your knees a bit higher for a few minutes at a time. It is a great idea to find someone who will support, encourage, and keep you accountable. Remember, be patient—getting in shape takes time and effort, but every day is worth it.
If you have any foot pain or concerns about your foot health along the way, don’t hesitate to contact Richardson Podiatry Associates for an appointment with Dr. Gene Reister. You can reach our office in Richardson, TX by calling (972) 690-5374.
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