Once again, the New Year is upon us. Refrains of tempus fugit – time flies – echo in our collective heads and we consider making New Year’s resolutions yet again. Podiatrists Heidi M. Christie, DPM and Chanda L. Day-Houts, DPM focus on feet, but we’re interested in our patients’ overall health, too. Here are some ideas for making resolutions that can help you live better in 2020.
- Resolve to eat healthier.
Advice about your diet is everywhere, and perhaps you’ve had enough. But it really is that important. What you put in your body directly affects every system: you’re digestive, circulatory, immune, and nervous systems all need good nourishment to thrive. Your bones require Vitamin D and calcium to stay strong. Eating vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein helps you maintain a healthy weight, which wards off diseases that threaten your feet such as diabetes and heart disease.
- Get some exercise.
It’s only idea #2, and yet this one, too, doles out advice you’ve heard your whole life! Daily exercise keeps blood flowing, improves your state of mind, is a way to connect with other people, improves core strength to help you prevent falling, and keeps bones and muscles strong.
- Practice mindfulness.
Are you ignoring pain in your feet that our podiatrists can help you with? Are you truly hungry or just eating out of boredom? Tune in to how you’re feeling during stressful moments. Decide how you want to act rather than simply falling back into old routines or putting problems on the back burner.
- Get some peace and quiet
We live in a culture, even here in Montgomery County that seems to value being busy all the time. Schedule some downtime in your day. A little quiet time to reflect and – well, do nothing – can bring you peace. If your daily routine causes you stress and distress, consider talking to a qualified counselor.
Your feet will be healthier when you take care of your whole self and when you’re mindful about fixing problems before they become a huge deal. Call us in Montgomery, Alabama at (334) 396-3668 or contact us online if the New Year has foot pain in store for you. Our caring staff and state-of-the-art services are waiting for you. Happy New Year from all of us at Montgomery Foot Care Specialists.