If you’re someone who gets regular exercise, all of us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland applaud you. Regular exercise helps keep your weight from creeping upward, allows blood to flow freely, and strengthens muscles and bones, all of which help keep your feet and ankles in tip-top shape. However, even if you already get regular exercise, there are simple ways to change your exercise routine for the better.
Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey, our expert podiatrists, suggest you look at your exercise routine. It should never become, well, routine. The beginning of the new year is an opportunity to change the way you look at exercise. Changes don’t have to be huge. Even small ones can jumpstart your routine, transforming it from merely ho-hum into something new and different. And better.
Why make a change? For one thing, change keeps exercise interesting. You’re more likely to stick with an exercise plan that isn’t repetitive. Second, mixing it up challenges your body. Performing different actions guarantees that you’re no longer focusing on just one area but getting a more full-body workout.
Here are five ways to change your exercise routine that can make a big difference in your overall fitness:
- Change the locale. If you’re walking indoors on a treadmill, take it outside. (The freezing temperatures of Cuyahoga, Summit, Geauga, and Portage Counties are invigorating – bundle up appropriately!) Are you used to running a particular route? Find a new one, perhaps with some challenging hills.
- Change the intensity. Lift heavier weights. Walk on a treadmill and vary your speed and incline every few minutes.
- Change the company. Exercise with a friend. Find something new to do together.
- Change the endgame. What’s your goal? Pick a new one, such as increased flexibility or stronger arm muscles, and find an exercise that’ll help you meet it.
- Change the tools. Get some new equipment. A rollout wheel, stability ball, slam ball, or dumbbells give you lots of exciting options.
Remember to always wear the appropriate athletic shoes for your activity. If foot pain prevents you from meeting your fitness goals in 2021, call our office in Solon, Ohio, at (440) 903-1041 or make an appointment online.