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|Spring is here
It’s a new season. Spring is here! The weather is starting to improve, it’s getting warmer, and most of us are beginning to get that urge to go out hiking some trails or running some roads. This is an excellent urge, and one I would encourage all to follow if your doctor has told you it’s appropriate for you to exercise.
A couple of hints though, remember the sky and sunlight can be deceptive when indoors when it comes to warmth. There are many times when I will think it looks beautiful only to walk outside and realize it’s absolutely freezing! Remember to dress appropriately. I tell runners to wear one less layer of clothing when jogging then you would if you were going outside to stand for 1-2 hours. Different people can tolerate different amounts of cold/heat, so this is a judgment call on your part. Also, remember that as the earth around us begins to warm up the ground can be very went and hence, very loose. This time of year I see quite a bit of ankle sprains and foot injuries in runners and hikers in my clinic.
Make sure to watch your step and be aware of the terrain you will be hiking and running on before you go out so you can wear the appropriate footwear.
The outdoors is a wonderful place to spend your time, enjoy the new weather, and keep up the activity!
Dr. Michael Messmer
Sports Medicine Physician
St. Francis Health Center Hunter’s Ridge
Posted by Pat on 03/01/2012 at 8:42 AM