The top New Year’s resolution of 2014 was to lose weight. No doubt it’s on the list again this year, if not at the top of the list! A surefire way to begin losing weight is to start exercising. Many people decide to try running. It’s a great sport and loved because it’s easy to do. Whether you choose to run on a treadmill or through your neighborhood, all you need is your running shoes! However, in order to run well, avoid foot pain, and keep your New Year’s resolution, there are some important things to remember detailed in the article below.
Posted by: Tanglewood Foot Specialists
Five Hacks to Help Keep Your New Year’s Running Resolution
- Start small: Don’t assume that you can get off the couch and run a 5K all in one week. When you’re first starting to run, keeping your mileage low and spacing out sessions will help keep your muscles from getting stress injuries.
- Choose the right shoe: Instead of grabbing whatever sneaker is on sale or looks the prettiest, spend a little more time in a running store like Fleet Feet and invest in a pair of shoes that fits your needs (the experts in the store should help.) As an added bonus, paying a little more for your sneaks should help you stay committed to your new running program.
- Drink up: Staying hydrated before, during and after a run will help you avoid a lot of the initial aches and pains new runners experience.
- Just focus on you: Don’t compare yourself to other runners. Don’t try to pass people on the trail our speed up to match pace with the person on the treadmill next to yours. If you try to run like someone else, you’re more likely to get hurt. If you run like and for you, that’s when you’ll feel great and do your best.
- Keep track: Download an app like Map My Run and keep track of how many miles you’ve been running and how fast you’re doing it. Not only will this help you limit your miles at the beginning, but it will also give you a great way of seeing your progress as you improve and keeping you motivated to keep at it.
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The running hacks above can be helpful if your goal this year is to run a marathon or simply make it to the finish line of a 5K. The important thing to remember is that both new and seasoned runners alike can experience foot pain. You want to be sure you have a good, supportive shoe, you rest if you get a strain or injury, and you don’t ignore the pain.
If you are experiencing chronic foot pain there are treatments that can help so you can continue on your running journey. Contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare for a consultation. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.