Remember I wrote last year about walking and its benefits, well I’m realising that many people get into the groove but not in the proper way. After promising myself forever that I myself would start, I got started. And while yes, it was me deciding it’s really time, I can’t truly take the praise; my motivator was a loved one, along with coming out of a major accident. A new lease on life…new habits!
Many of us keep saying for one reason or the other that we “really need to start exercising” or “we started but really need to start back”. I saw a 60 year old recently, and while she came to me for help, she helped me. She touched my soul; I was truly inspired by her almost effortless determination. She runs five days a week, irrespective of her extremely busy schedule and does yoga to stretch the body and relax the soul. We can always come up with excuses as to why our schedule doesn’t permit room to fit in exercise, yet we’ll find time to eat like crazy, in some instances drink and socialise.
I see many people with circulation problems; I mean every day people walk into the Clinic with severe cases of poor circulation. And to clear up the myth, many non-diabetics suffer with it. With diabetics however, it’s even more critical to treat, as more severe problems can occur.
The fall-out of using the wrong footwear
My reason for writing again on a similar topic with a somewhat different spin is because I’m noticing a trend. Many people are wearing sneakers that aren’t geared towards walking/cross training. This is critical! Walking is great, but walking/jogging/running in an ordinary pair of sneakers is terrible for the feet. You can cause more damage than good.
Another important point to note is that not all employees care about their jobs/serving customers properly. Therefore ensure that you research the types of sneakers geared towards your needs before visiting a sports store. Have the names and types of a few brands to safeguard yourself.
Shock absorbency is key; so pay attention to that issue.
Tips for Buying Walking Sneakers
1. Say your size is 10W, they are basically all the same cut, but not every person’s foot is wide at the same point, at the base of the little and big toes. The ball area of the foot varies from person to person. So the sneaker may begin to cut into the toe at the wrong place for many people. Your little toe may blister and so may your big toe. In time you could develop bunions there, or at the base of those two toes.
2. Ensure they’re deep enough, or you’ll blister the top of your toes or foot. You need space up there.
3. Always carry the size sock you use when you walk, for testing when you shop.
4. You need to protect your feet from slippery rocks, sharp objects, thorns, gravel, nails, glass, razor blades, etc. It’s crucial then to have an excellent grip.
5. Soles – Walking on hard surfaces pound on the foot, sending shocks to the ankles, knees, hips, back and neck. This can cause immediate pain to old injures or develops new damage. Get the proper blend of comfort, production, and durability, not forgetting the shock absorbent insole. Absorb the shock in the insole, not the body!
6. Price – “You get what you pay for!” As a rule, the most expensive is best. Ha! Some of you don’t like to hear that; but most times it is true. Get the best. In a foot there are 26 bones, all connected by tissue, ligaments and muscle. It is possible to grow older, and be pain free. But looks are not the same as quality. Think of the cost of pain, and doctor bills. Also, how much do you spend in a year not just to eat food, but to go to a nice place for quality food well prepared as a pleasure? The money you spend for the best shoe is well worth the price of comfort over pain.
Remember … be aware. Exercise, but also exercise wisdom! The ideal sneaker should provide support, protection, traction, endurance, and comfort.
Your feet mirror your general health . . . cherish them!