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If you’re considering taking your workouts outdoors, you might want to incorporate running into your exercise routine. While starting can be overwhelming, following these podiatrist-recommended tips will help you overcome the initial challenges of running outdoors and prevent common injuries.
 
Begin Slowly:
Whether you’re a seasoned treadmill runner or a first-timer, the mistake many people make is doing too much too soon. Start with a brisk walk to get your heart used to the new routine, and gradually increase your pace as the weeks go by.
 
Plan Your Runs:
Before heading out, plan your route, so you can track your progress and avoid overexertion. Start with shorter routes and gradually increase them as you become more comfortable. Knowing where you’re going makes it easier to invite a friend along.
 
Choose Your Surface:
The repetitive motion of running can be tough on your feet, especially on hard surfaces. Consider natural trails for a softer landing and beautiful scenery. But be mindful of uneven surfaces and slippery rocks.
 
Dress Appropriately:
The spring weather in Maryland is beautiful but can be chilly. Layer up for colder days. When running near traffic, wear bright colors to remain visible.
 
Warm-Up and Cool-Down:
Easing your body into exercise with an appropriate warm-up is an essential part of injury prevention. Take the time to stretch your legs and body to get your blood flowing. Give yourself time to cool down, and stay hydrated.
 
Make It Fun:
Making exercise fun can increase your chances of sticking with it. Bring a friend or two to make it easier and more enjoyable. You’ll benefit from keeping each other accountable. And the outdoors is an excellent place to catch up with friends.
 
At MVS Podiatry Associates, we are here to help!
 
If you’re concerned about starting a new running routine or seeking additional ways to prevent foot and ankle injuries, seek advice from our experienced podiatrists at MVS Podiatry Associates. Our team uses state-of-the-art tools to evaluate your foot health and can prepare you with custom orthotics and recommended footwear. If you encounter any pain or discomfort due to injuries, tendinitis, or plantar fasciitis, contact any of our offices throughout Maryland to book a consultation today!
 
Call 833-500-3338, or visit us online www.PodiatryAssociates.org
 
 

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