New Year, new you! One of the ways you can refresh your health is to set a physical activity goal, such as exercising at least 3 times a week, joining a recreational sports league, or setting a step count goal. If walking is the way you’ve decided to go, we are here to help! Here are some easy ways that you can increase your step count:
● Use a pedometer or activity tracker to encourage you to meet your daily goals.
● Be inefficient – use a small cup so that you have to make multiple trips to the water cooler; take the stairs instead of the elevator; and park farther away from the door.
● Use a standing desk and step in place while you work or watch TV.
With your dog
● Explore new areas of town instead of doing your usual route (but make sure to stay safe).
● Take a walk with your dog on a treadmill if it’s too cold or dark out.
● Go to a dog park, but don’t just stand there. Engage and run around with your dog – your furry friend will love it!
With a friend
● In your neighborhood or at your workplace: make a routine of morning or evening walks together or before work, during lunch, or after work. Create friendly competition.
● Long-distance: Keep each other accountable by sharing your pedometer results and/or staying on the phone as you both walk, either outside or on a treadmill.
With your family
● Spend more time with your family by taking evening walks several times a week.
● Create competition for rights to choosing the movie or restaurant on family night.
● Instead of using an intercom, text, or yelling, walk to each family member’s location to tell them whatever you need to tell them (e.g. dinnertime or guest is coming over).
Have you noticed some new foot pain developments while walking more? Be sure to wear comfortable athletic shoes when you are outside, especially when taking walks. If pain is persistent or if you’ve developed an injury, make an appointment with our podiatrists at The Podiatry Group. Our team of experienced foot doctors will perform a thorough assessment at our Jonesboro, AR office and recommend a proper treatment for you and your family.