Four Tips for Sticking to Your Exercise Program


You’ve heard the message in so many ways: exercise is good for you. When you exercise regularly, you enjoy numerous health benefits including:

  • easier weight management

  • cardiovascular conditioning

  • increased strength and balance, which reduce your likelihood of a fall

  • prevention of osteoporosis, lowering your risk of bone breaks

  • improvement and steadiness of mood and mental health

Yet, even with all of this on the table, many Hartford Podiatry Group patients report that it’s difficult to make and keep a commitment to exercising. Here are some tips from Eric Kosofsky, DPM and Robert Rutstein, DPM to help you: 

  1. Make an appointment with yourself. Write “Time to exercise” on your calendar and decline other invitations during that time.

  2. Use your exercise time to reconnect with a friend. Walking is a great exercise for your feet and ankles. Call a buddy and go together. You’ll be less likely to cancel on someone else than on yourself.

  3. If you enjoy team sports, join a league. You’ll have a great time playing and being part of a team.

  4. Vary your exercise routine. Doing the same thing day after day can get boring, and it’s tough on the bones, muscles, and soft tissues of the feet and ankles. If you usually run, how about a bike ride or a swim for a change? 

If you’re worried about the effect that exercise is having on your foot health, or if you have another concern about the wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, it’s time to see a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein. With years of specialized training and experience, your foot doctor is the best-qualified professional to examine, diagnose, and treat all illnesses and injuries of this part of your body. Schedule an appointment in Hartford Podiatry Group’s Hartford and Rocky Hill offices today. Call our friendly staff at 860-523-8026 or click here to get started.