Not a runner, but want to try a 10K?

“Most young and healthy adults can participate in a 10K without seeing a physician, provided they have been physically active, and do not have strong risk factors for heart disease,” says Dr. Vijay Divakaran.

“Proper preparation is necessary. Ensure you have appropriate footwear and are dressed comfortably. Make sure that you stay hydrated. You can start by going out on regular walks, and slowly increasing the walking distance every day.”

“Once you accomplish this goal, then start jogging intermittently during the walks, and slowly increase the pace. At all times, pay close attention to what your body is telling you. At the first signs of discomfort, slow down or stop and seek counseling from your physician.”

Check back for more running tips from the Baylor, Scott & White Health cardiologist ahead of the 2017 #cap10k!

Dr. Vijay Divakaran
Cardiologist
Baylor, Scott & White Health – Austin/Round Rock