10 Ways To Choose Your Workout Shoes Wisely

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Along with the start of the new year comes that familiar trigger to once again to give your health and well being a new start or an upgrade. But before you jump into whatever exercise routine or activity you decide, your footwear and foot care should be the primary consideration to avoid pain, and achieve your best results overall. Let’s start with basics. Whether inside or in the beautiful outdoors, jogging, running, and walking are among the purest, most natural forms of exercise we can do. On top of that, across all spectrums of athletic endeavors, from lifting weights to playing tennis, all require healthy feet and good foot gear. They go hand in hand. Choose the wrong athletic shoes …

5 Tools to Relieve Arthritis Pain During Daily Activities

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According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is the nation’s number one cause of disability with nearly 53 million adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis, and almost 300,000 babies, kids and teens with arthritis or a rheumatic condition.  Arthritis is the nation’s number one cause of disability with nearly 53 million adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis and almost 300,000 babies, kids and teens with arthritis or a rheumatic condition.  Not only are all of these patients limited in their abilities at work and at school, but pain and decreased mobility prevent them from completing daily tasks without discomfort. We wanted to highlight some of these activities of daily living that can affect those suffering from arthritis and equip you with the tools to help make …

8 Tips For Getting The Maximum Benefits Of Walking

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Walking from place to place is the most natural thing we do. It’s a necessity of life, but can also be an upbeat way to reinvigorate your body and provide inner peace. If you haven’t been exercising lately–or ever–then simple walking is an easy and inexpensive way to improve your health, start getting fit, and possibly drop a few unwanted pounds in the process. Experts say that the key to getting the most out of a walking routine is consistency. To ensure you’re getting all the benefits of walking possible, follow these 8 easy tips: #1. Walk at Least 30 Minutes a Day The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that all you need to do is move your body 30 minutes …

What Could Be Causing Your Achilles Pain?

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Achilles tendonitis is inflammation of the Achilles tendon and can lead to degeneration. The achilles tendon is the large tendon located in the back of the leg that inserts into the heel. The pain caused by achilles tendonitis can develop gradually without a history of trauma. The pain can be a shooting pain, burning pain, or even an extremely piercing pain. Achilles tendonitis should not be left untreated due to the danger that the tendon can become weak and ruptured.   Achilles Tendonitis is aggravated by activities that repeatedly stress the tendon, causing inflammation. In some cases even prolonged periods of standing can cause symptoms. Achilles Tendonitis is a common problem often experienced by athletes, particularly distance runners. It is …

5 Foot Care Tips To Keep Cycling Fun

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Whether  you are devoted cyclist, an eco-friendly commuter,  or just out for weekend nature tours, riding a bike can be tough on your feet. Numbness or pain in the feet is a problem most cyclists have had to deal with at one time or another. While you may not experience symptoms all the time, during those longer rides, you may find out that you haven’t quite solved the puzzle. To keep cycling-related numbness or pain from becoming a major issue, use the tips guides below to recognize common culprits. The majority of symptoms that cyclists get on the undersides of their feet – hot, burning sensations, numbness, pain – originate from the nerves to the toes. To get there, the …

Do You Know The Benefits Of Walking?

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A strong, fit  back can literally be a lifesaver since it is the key to keeping you moving–and your entire body in shape for life! Walking is one exercise that can to be performed regardless of where you might be in any given moment, and only requires some time. Even briskly walking for short periods of time each day adds up to a goof exercise regimen. Here’s a quick self-answered quiz to help you test how much you know about the benefits of walking and learn more health facts to help increase your lifespan. Research shows you’re likely to live longer if you walk at least: A. 5.5 miles per week? B. 10.5 miles per week? C. 15.5 miles per week? …

How To Avoid Swollen Feet During Travel

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Leg and foot swelling during air travel is common and typically harmless. The most likely culprit for swollen feet is inactivity during a flight. Sitting with your feet on the floor for a long period causes blood to pool in your leg veins. Low cabin pressure as well as dry air circulating throughout the aircraft may also inhibit blood circulation and cause swollen feet. When you’re dehydrated, your blood gets a bit thicker, which also reduces circulation. Additionally, the way your legs are positioned when you are seated also increases pressure in leg veins by causing fluid to seep into surrounding soft tissues. 6 simple ways to relieve foot swelling during a flight Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes and socks. Take …

Stay Limber: Stretch That Achilles!

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The Achilles Tendon is often overlooked during a stretching regimen. Did you know that the achilles is the longest tendon in the body, measuring 6 inches in length, and that incorporating a regular achilles stretching routine into your fitness regimen could significantly help to improve your lower leg strength and overall health? I’m going to share some simple stretches and tell you a little about some of the benefits of stretching your achilles, and after reading, I hope you will stretch them regularly! Why stretch your achilles? Improve lower leg flexibility Improve leg circulation Prevent/reduce chance of injury Before beginning your stretches, it is important to warm up. You never want to stretch “cold” muscles or tendons. To warm up …

8 Tips For Getting The Maximum Benefits Of Walking

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Walking from place to place is the most natural thing we do. It’s a necessity of life, but can also be an upbeat way to reinvigorate your body and provide inner peace. If you haven’t been exercising lately–or ever–then simple walking is an easy and inexpensive way to improve your health, start getting fit, and possibly drop a few unwanted pounds in the process. Experts say that the key to getting the most out of a walking routine is consistency. To ensure you’re getting all the benefits of walking possible, follow these 8 easy tips: #1. Walk at Least 30 Minutes a Day The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that all you need to do is move your body 30 minutes …

GET SET TO GARDEN

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Plant and Rake Without the Ache Gardening is a great way to stay active and have fun in the sun. But many Canadians sustain injuries that can be easily prevented with a little know-how. The right moves Use the right moves to lighten the load on your back. Kneel, don’t bend, to plant. Change your body position often. Take frequent breaks. Alternate between light and heavy chores. Drink lots of water. And most importantly, loosen-up before you start out. Warm up Before you begin any physical activity, warming up is a key factor in preventing injury. Take a walk, even on the spot. Ten to 15 minutes should do it. Don’t forget to lift your knees and gently swing your …