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How to Get Off the Couch and Start Exercising

Obesity is a huge problem in America, with more than a third of all adults qualifying as obese. In Nevada, the numbers are better—just over 21 percent of adults in the state were considered obese in a poll released this past March. However, even that percentage is too high. So many people struggle with this aspect of their health. One of the biggest factors is the amount of physical activity—exercising can make a significant difference for being overweight.

Building up an exercise habit when you’re overweight is hard. It takes a lot of effort and an extended period of time to see the results. Difficult doesn’t mean impossible, though; with a little care and consideration for your body’s needs, particularly those in your feet, you can safely get off the couch and begin getting fit.

Find an easy, low-impact activity to start, since heavy pressure may hurt your feet. Try walking, aerobics, swimming, biking, and easy weight-lifting. Schedule 20 to 60 minutes two or three times a week for this and don’t change it. Make sure you wear the right footwear to support your feet through these activities, too. Wear athletic shoes that have sufficiently cushioned soles and support the midfoot appropriately.

Set clear and obtainable, though challenging, goals for yourself as well. Then, as you meet your goals, keep track of them so you can measure your progress. Ask others you trust to support you and keep you accountable through the habit-building stage. As your body gets used to the low-impact exercises, you can move to high-impact ones like running if you so choose. Just make sure your shoes also adjust to reflect this change, so your feet stay protected.

Getting off the couch and starting is always the hard part, but the payoff is worth it. Healthy weight loss benefits your whole body, including your feet. If you’d like to start exercising but have trouble with foot pain, or you’re concerned about your lower limbs for any reason, contact us at Absolute Foot Care Specialists here in Las Vegas. Call (702) 839-2010 or submit a request on our website to make an appointment for help getting fit with safe feet.

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