At Superior Foot & Ankle Care Center, we want to know, do any of our Douglas Park/Los Angeles County area patients think exercise isn’t good for you and your feet? Who doesn’t want to have better circulation, lose or maintain a healthy weight and decrease the risk for several foot disorders (such as plantar fasciitis and arthritis) as well as conditions such as diabetes and heart disease? Of course, we all do. But even with that being the case, many of us still can’t manage to make regular exercise a part of our routines. Below are some common blocks to exercise and how to break through them.
Barrier: You experience foot or ankle discomfort when you exercise.
Breakthrough: There are many potential reasons for podiatric discomfort ranging from injury, chronic disorders, or even improper footwear. The first step to figuring it out is to make an appointment at our Long Beach office (562-420-9800) so that our podiatrists, Dr. Victoria M. Foley and Dr. Constance Ornelas, can examine your feet and find the source of your pain. The foot doctor can then prescribe the correct treatment to enable you to become more physically active.
Barrier: Too many family obligations to fit in fitness.
Breakthrough: Make exercise a family affair! Meet your children at the bus stop and take a brisk walk before heading inside for homework. Use family leisure time to engage in physically active pursuits like bike riding and hiking. Get chores done and burn calories—raking leaves, weeding and shoveling snow are more fun when done together. You’ll be helping your children and spouse stay active as well.
Barrier: Lack of motivation
Breakthrough: Choose an activity you enjoy. Discover the time of day when you have the most energy and time to work out. Forcing yourself to exercise at 6 a.m. when you’re not a morning person may be the source of your motivational issues. Get social about it. Invite a friend to walk with you on your lunch hour or after work, or join a community team for a sport you like.
The benefits of regular physical activity far outweigh whatever is holding you back. If you have additional questions about fitness and your feet, don’t hesitate to contact us.