Start Small When Working OutTwo words: start small. People who are overweight or obese put a lot of stress and pressure on their feet. Working out when you’re overweight only exacerbates that stress, which puts you at a higher risk for injury.

To begin, use machines like ellipticals, workout bikes, and treadmills that will help you move, but also take some of the impact off of your joints. Other low-impact exercises like swimming and riding your bike can help you lose weight safely.

Wear and tear problems like arthritis, tendonitis, and heel pain can happen more easily when you start a new workout routine—especially if you push too hard. Set realistic goals for yourself. Maybe your first “step” will be making arm circles once every day for 5 minutes. At least this is an activity that you can do without any pain in your lower limbs. A 15-minute walk around the block is a good way to get your blood pumping, even if you have to break it up into 5-minute spurts of activity.

Stay on track with these tips and your weight loss will be a breeze. At the slightest hint of foot pain, call McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group at (916) 961-3434.

Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.

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