Do you set New Year Goals? Most people set new year goals around losing weight and getting fit. But sometimes they forget that is isn’t as easy as just joining a gym, or reducing your pizza intake. If you haven’t done consistent exercise for a while there are some basics you should do:
- Check your joggers. If your joggers have not seen the light of day for months, or you have had them for over 12 months, have a good look at them.
- Check the sole, is it worn? Has the bottom layer started to peel off, or has the outside of the heel worn down a bit?
- Check the midsole – this is the cushioning layer of the shoe. Has it worn down, does it look compressed? If it is compressed there will be lines in the EVA foam that makes up the midsole.
- Has the toebox worn? This is the area of the upper that goes over the top of your toes. Some people have big toes that ‘stick up’ and rubs holes in this area.
- Has the upper worn? Are there any tears in the upper? Is the upper coming away from the sole of the shoe?
- Put your shoe on a flat surface and does it look distorted? Worn joggers tend to lean inwards when you look at the back of the shoes when it sits on a flat surface.
- When was the last time you exercised? Was it during lockdown and now you have stopped? Do you stretch before you went to exercise? When you start exercising with cold muscles, you are at a higher risk of injury, so perhaps you can check out youtube for videos on how to stretch before you exercise.
- Where will you exercise? If you walk the same route every day, now is the time to change that around, especially if you walk along the camber of the road, we have had a lot of patients in with injuries from the angle of the incline on the side of the road. Yes that can happen. Your body gets used to doing the same thing, and you will not burn calories like it used too. Include some hills into your routine, or if you are game, some stairs.
These are just a few things to consider if you are going to start a new regime of fitness this year. If you are not sure your joggers are right for you, don’t hesitate to come in and see us or if you are having pain in your feet and legs from the new exercise routine you have started. Give us a call on 9542 3491.
Til next time
Narelle and the team at Sutherland Podiatry Centre