Is this the year you make a resolution and stick to it? Have you started pounding the pavement each morning? Maybe you want to be able to run the 5km at Parkrun without stopping?
The start of a new year is a great time to start achieving those goals that have been lingering at the back of your mind for a long time. For many of us, that means getting more fit and active and possibly trying to lose a few kilos. Unfortunately, an injury that causes pain when walking or running is a sure fire way to derail your resolution. That’s where Brisbane Foot Clinic is here to help!
Pain commonly stops people from enjoying their daily walk or run. We have compiled some tips that will help keep you pain free and on track to achieve your goals!
- Invest in good running shoes! Need advice? Speak to one of our Podiatrists or go to a specialty running shoe shop. Picking the prettiest shoe or the one on the sales table isn’t always going to be the best fit for you.
- If you want to start running, try walking with short bursts of running followed by more walking. As your fitness and muscle strength increases you will be able to run for longer and won’t want to stop to walk as much. This takes time though so don’t be too hard on yourself if you feel like you aren’t improving fast enough!
- Mix things up! Don’t walk or run the same route each day. You will get very bored very quickly! If you have more time, like on a weekend, why not drive somewhere coastal or into Southbank to enjoy a picturesque walk or run?
- Bring a friend! If you are getting up early to meet a friend for a walk or run, I can guarantee you that you will think twice before cancelling! And it is great to have supportive people in your life who are sharing your goals or want to see you succeed. You might not be able to talk much at first if you are starting to run, but as the weeks go on you will be amazed at how your fitness increases. And you get to have coffee and chat with a friend at the end – the best part!
- Don’t overdo it. Try to to run no more than 3 or 4 times a week and avoid running on consecutive days. Try a swim, bike ride or weights session if you still want to do something on your non run days.
- REST! Take at least one day a week off. Rest is very important. Both for your muscles to recover and for your sanity!
We hope you find these hint and tips helpful. If you do suffer from any aches or pains or need footwear advice, we are here to help! Seeing you achieve your goals pain free is why we do what we do and we are always happy to help!