What is it about the word “spring” that inspires activity? Some of us might have taken a break from our workout routines over the holiday season and been in a sort of “hibernation” period since, but now that we’ve sprung forward and the vernal equinox has passed, more of us want to get up and go! It’s a good time to get back into the swing of things, and a few precautions can keep you motivated and reduce your risk of sports injuries along the way.
If you’re looking for a new activity, or one to begin with, take the time to explore and find something you’ll enjoy enough to keep doing. Don’t be afraid to experiment with classes or leagues. As long as it increases your heart rate, it’s a good form of exercise to be doing.
Whatever you set yourself upon, don’t dive into it too eagerly. Trying to perform at a high level too quickly is a ticket to overuse sports injuries such as stress fractures, plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Start slowly, building endurance and gradually increasing the lengths of workouts. If you’ve taken a break from your routine over winter, don’t expect to pick up right were you left off, either. Build consistency first, then start focusing on speed and longer workouts.
Spring is also a great time to take inventory of your gear and diet. Replace worn shoes with those that provide proper support, and make sure you’re getting enough water and nutrition each day.
The doctors at California Foot and Ankle Institute would rather help you build a healthy foot foundation and prevent sports injuries from happening, but are always here when the unexpected happens. Call us toll-free at (800) 370-0393 or phone our office directly at (949) 833-3406.