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By Clark Podiatry Center
June 06, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Walking   exercise  

While it seems that the step count competitions are phasing out, maintaining an active lifestyle remains very relevant. With more and more studies revealing that a sedentary lifestyle is bad for your health, finding every excuse to incorporate more walking into your day is beneficial for you and your children.

We’ve compiled a list of easy and fun ways to add a few extra steps in your day-to-day routine. It will help to promote circulation, increase energy, burn a few more calories, and hopefully improve your mood too!

Morning Routine:

  • Put your phone/alarm across the room so that you have to get up and walk to it in order to turn if off. For added “fun”, get an alarm clock that rolls or flies away from you!
  • Not a morning person? Do a big stretch with your entire body before getting out of bed. Then do another one when you stand up. Then, wake yourself up while brushing your teeth. Softly step in place, being mindful not to stomp.
  • Instead of vocalizing to make sure other people in your family are awake, walk to their rooms and check in on them.
  • Live in an apartment? Unless you are super high up, try taking the stairs to get down to the street or garage level.

School/Work Routine:

  • If you can, walk or bike to work or school. If you take public transportation, think about getting off a stop earlier if the stops tend to be close together.
  • If you drive, park the car in a farther spot in the parking lot. It’s only about 30 seconds to a minute longer, but you definitely add more steps to your day.
  • If you have a desk job where you sit in front of a computer for most of the day, set a reminder to get up and walk around the office every 1 or 2 hours. You can also get up to fill your water cup or bottle and consequently, to use the bathroom that is farther away or up or down one floor. Take a walk to get lunch instead of going for the closest takeout spot.

Evening Routine:

  • Take a family walk (or walk the dog together) around the neighborhood after dinner, instead of watching TV. You can switch things up by biking or skating too.
  • Get some steps in while brushing your teeth again before bedtime.

It may be helpful to get an activity tracker to see just how much or how little activity you’re getting. Experiencing any kind of pain while trying to increase your steps? Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatments or solutions for any problems. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

By Clark Podiatry Center
October 04, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: dog walking   exercise  

How are you celebrating? In addition to walking your dog each day and giving them extra love, we at Clark Podiatry Center would like to suggest some of the following ways to spice up your week of walking your dog:

  • Explore a new walking path or trail – Does your walk usually consist of just going to the sidewalk in front of your building or house? Maybe it’s time you explore that nearby dog park that you’ve been meaning to check out. Or perhaps there is a walking trail that might make your walk more interesting.

  • Walk your dog during your lunch hour – If it’s possible, run home to give your dog a walk instead of hiring a dog walker. Not only will it be a special treat for your dog, you’ll also get the benefit of some lunchtime exercise and fresh air.

  • Head to a shelter and volunteer to walk a shelter dog – This is also an option for those who don’t even have a dog. Animal shelters have so many animals to take care of, so helping them out by taking out a shelter dog would be great for everyone involved! Dogs will get some loving that they deserve, and you and your own dog will be happy to have new company.

Benefits of walking (with your dog)

  • Many dog owners, while enjoying the company of dogs, do not give their pets enough exercise. Going outside for your dog to relieve itself is not enough activity to help your dog release energy. Taking the time to walk your dog for about 30 minutes a day will help your dog and YOU stay healthy and in shape.

  • Exercise can raise the levels of endorphins in your brain, which would help to combat depression and anxiety, and a change in your dog’s behavior too!

  • While walking on sidewalks and on a flat path is still beneficial, walking on a trail or uneven surface can allow for your feet and ankles to get more exercise. It’s a good way to stretch and strengthen your feet and ankles.

  • Take your children out with you (if you have them) for family bonding time. Your kids can learn to walk the dog and the whole family can get some fresh air and exercise!

Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and go to areas that are safe. If going out in the evening or night, make sure you have a reflective vest or clothing so that you are easily visible by cars or bikes. It also helps to have a reflective leash and/or collar for your shorter or smaller dog(s) as well, since they are often not easily noticeable in the dark.

Working out your feet and ankles is beneficial to your overall health. If you have any questions or concerns about walking or running with your pets, especially due to any injuries, make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office to consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. We want to keep you walking.



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