What inspires you to exercise?
For me it's 92 year old Harriett Thompson (not pictured), who ran the Rock 'n Roll Marathon in Charlotte North Carolina for the 16th time this past Sunday. She's the oldest woman marathon finisher ever. She ran this race in honor of her son who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Now a seasoned runner who wears the right shoe gear and knows how to train, it certainly wasn't that way in the beginning. Thompson started her running career in the 70s when she was 76, inspired by her friends that participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
At that time she didn't stretch or wear running shoes. Instead she donned a pair of tennis shoes that she had lying around and just took off. As a result she got an injury her first time out. She's definitely learned to be better prepared since then.
Hopefully this 92 year old wonder will inspire you to begin an exercise program no matter what your age. If you have a chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure it's particularly important to get moving. Here are some tips to help you.
Get a thumbs up from your doctor-- if you're older, have a chronic condition, or just starting off it's very important to know the limits of what you should do.
Start out by walking--we all walked before we ran, so even if your goal is running if you haven't run in a long time or ever, see how you do with walking first. It doesn't matter how far you walk. Whether it's around the block or to a nearby store, it's important to do what's comfortable for you.
Set goals for your success--it's important to decide ahead of time how many times a week and how far you plan to walk to know if you're succeeding.
Get yourself a Fitbit-- this or similar device will track how far you've walked. Tools like this have inspired a lot of people to get more exercise.
Bring along a water bottle -- staying fully hydrated is very important, particularly when the temperature starts to rise.
Buy the right shoes -- finding a good pair of walking shoes is essential to keep your feet in tip top shape. Make sure there is plenty of room in the toebox and test the shoes for support before you buy.
Finally, before you start exercising it's also important to see a podiatrist if you have any foot pain.
Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.
Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.
Photo source: National Cancer Institute