Jogging is a great way to stay active and keep your heart and body healthy. Unfortunately, it can also come with a host of potential issues for your feet. If you’re thinking about getting into jogging, make sure you take your time to get started. Jumping right into any new sport or activity, although tempting, can be dangerous to your feet and ankles. We’ve put together three prep exercises before you even hit the pavement, that can help prepare your body.
Three activities to prepare your body for jogging:
Stretch your legs well by sitting upright in a chair with another chair next to you. Put your foot onto that other chair and flatten your leg, lowering your knee towards the floor. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Then relax and repeat. This might seem easy, but it helps prepare your legs – especially the extra vulnerable knees – for jogging.
Using a soft surface such as a yoga mat, lay down on your side. Flatten out your leg that is closest to the floor and slowly raise your other leg into the air. Hold that pose for 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times, then alternate sides. This exercise is great to increase flexibility in your legs!
Find a small ledge with handrails, like a short set of stairs. Stand in front of the stair and hold on to the handrail. Next, place on foot up onto the ledge or stair and slowly press your body upwards. Repeat this exercise 10 times, then switch feet.
If you ease your body into sports and activities like jogging, you’re bound to have a more productive and successful experience. If you’re starting a new sport and want to make sure your feet and ankles are as healthy as can be, call us today. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers provide the best in foot care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!