Preparing Feet for Fitness - Suffolk Foot and Ankle

Preparing Feet for Fitness

Preparing Feet for Fitness

If you’re getting ready to start a new exercise routine, or if you haven’t been to the gym in a while, it can be problematic, even dangerous, to just jump in without ample preparation. Preparing your body for fitness is an important part of making sure you will be able to exercise healthy and smart, and your feet are one of the most important parts of your body when it comes to safe, effective exercise. Luckily, we have a few tips for you in that department.


Start Slow


Don’t push yourself too hard at the beginning. This is a good tip for all-around body health after you start a new fitness routine, but it is especially important for your feet. Often, people enjoy walking on treadmills or starting a series of classes in something such as dance or yoga. But if you go too hard right out of the gate, you’re going to be putting a lot of pressure on your body—and especially on your feet.


Wear the Right Shoes


We cannot stress this enough: wearing the right shoes is extremely important to your foot health while exercising. And in case you were wondering, just wearing sneakers isn’t enough. Some brands of sneakers don’t have any support on the arch, which can make exercising in them dangerous. Talk to your doctor about the best exercise shoes for your feet, and consider going to a shoe store where you can try on different pairs. Your feet will thank you.


Use the Right Exercise Technique


If you’ve decided to start a weightlifting routine, don’t just jump right in! Again, make sure you have the right technique down and that you can safely begin exercising in the best and safest way for your body. If you are not sure what the right technique is for the exercise you are doing, talk to one of the employees at the gym or consider hiring a personal trainer. It’s much safer and more effective to do the exercise the way it was meant to be done.


Think about Hygiene


You’re always going to want to think about your hygiene, especially if you’re going to the gym. First off, your feet will probably sweat when you’re working out, so make sure to take a shower and to bring clean socks for after your work out. Also, never share your personal items at the gym, and wipe down all the equipment before and after you use it.


Exercise Your Feet


In order to make sure that your feet are strong and ready for a workout, try some of these exercises that are just for stabilizing and strengthening the muscles in your feet.


  •     Curl your toes and hold them this way for several seconds.
  •     Try moving one toe at a time to strengthen and extend them.
  •     While standing, lift your heel off the floor, then slowly place it back onto the ground.
  •     Sit down with your feet on the floor and roll a golf ball under the arch of your foot for two minutes.


After you do all these things, your feet will be fitness ready!