Working out and you get that cramp, that shooting pain in your foot… Why? You have a really expensive pair of shoes on that you bought specifically for working out, what the heck is wrong with your feet?
I’ve encountered this more than once. Especially when I was doing Zumba. Some days it was so bad, I could hardly walk the pain was so much. Who knew that those expensive cute workout shoes could be what’s causing foot pain, for me it was. We tend to forget that shoes affect our feet as much as they do, they could be too big or small, worn out and have lost their support, which was the cause in my case. My shoes were worn, they didn’t look worn, but the support was gone.
What I was going through was Plantar fascitis which is inflammation of the ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot, from the heel to the toes and is the common cause of heel pain. Let me tell you, it’s painful! I did stretches, flexed my feet a lot, bought some heel pads and iced it. It was a long time before it healed up.
I had to find another pair of shoes, I wanted a pair that were flexible enough, yet cushioned to keep my feet comfortable, and a pair with support. Honestly I couldn’t just get another pair of ‘cute’ shoes. Thankfully, fitness/workout shoes are so easy to come by, anyone can find what they’re looking for both style and comfort wise. Just remember it’s probably best to buy your workout shoes from stores who have shoe experts! Let’s face it, the shoes I use for Zumba, or the gym probably aren’t the same, the shoes for hiking and crossfit aren’t the same, if we’re serious about working out, we need to be wearing the proper shoes for the different types of exercise we plan to get, our feet are important, if you can’t walk on them because of pain, there goes your workout! Try to find the best shoe for your workout the outdoor sports gear reviews website has an article that’s well worth reading if you’re looking for best shoes for your next crossfit session or anything else.
Tips for buying the right workout shoe…
– Wear Socks, try shoes on with socks, normally your not barefoot when working out
.- Make sure that there is good support in the middle and around the heel with good cushioning under the ball of the foot.
– Try on shoes later in the day rather than early. You’ve been on your feet, and if they swell at all that’s the best time to make sure the shoe fits right.
– Make sure you have enough space in the front of the shoe (usually a thumb’s width) between the shoe and your longest toe.
– Does the shoe have give? You shouldn’t have to break shoes in, make sure it fits and has room to be flexible when you put them on. If they’re not comfortable right away, they’re not for you!
Be kind to your feet, don’t let them be the reason you stop exercising. Buy the right fit and kind of shoe!
August 10, 2015 – 9:37 AM - | Posted in health, working out | 1 Comment »
Most of the country is still being scorched by hot summer weather, which means that a cool popsicle is the perfect treat on a hot day! These deliciously simple three ingredient popsicles will be a cool refreshing treat!
Blackberries grow wild and abundantly in the Seattle area (where they are based) making these tasty berries easy and fun (and cheap!) to find during the summer and the perfect fruit for this icy treat.
BLACKBERRY GREEN TEA POPSICLES
Here’s what you’ll need:
– Popsicle molds or small cups
– Popsicle sticks
– 3 Bags of Japanese Green tea
– 2 cups of water
– 2 cups blackberries (fresh or frozen)
– ¾ cup honey
Makes around 10 large popsicles depending on your molds.
What to do:
1. Steep three tea bags of Japanese Green tea in 2 cups of 180 degree water for 4 minutes. Remove tea bags.
2. Cool the tea and use a blender to blend tea, blackberries, and honey until liquefied.
3. Pour into your popsicle molds or cups, place popsicle sticks in the molds.
Optional: Use a strainer to separate the blackberry seeds from the liquid before pouring into the molds.
Tip: If you’re using cups as popsicle molds, you may want to wait for them to become more solid before adding the popsicle sticks to ensure the sticks freeze upright.
4. Place popsicles in the freezer to freeze until they are solid and easily removed from the molds, and enjoy!
Tip: To ease the popsicles out of a plastic mold, briefly run tepid water over the molds
and they should come right out!
Recipe inspired by: http://vanessabaked.com/raspberry-green-tea-popsicles/
August 6, 2015 – 4:22 PM - | Posted in recipes | No Comments »
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FANS CAN EXPECT A FULL “FORCE FRIDAY” SHOPPING EXPERIENCE AT THIS YEAR’S SHOW
TORONTO, ON (August 5, 2015) – The force will be strong at this year’s FAN EXPO CANADA™ as it takes part in the global “Force Friday” celebrations. Friday, September 4, dubbed “Force Friday”, is the official release date of merchandise from the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. V.I.P. or Premium ticket holders can lunch like a Jedi with their very own, limited edition lunchbox made exclusively for FAN EXPO CANADA™. Provided by Vandor Products, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens lunchbox will be revealed at the event on Friday, September 4.
Many exhibitors at this year’s pop culture extravaganza will carry Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise. All ticket holders will be able to get their “Force Friday” fix when doors open on September 4, the second day of the show.
V.I.P. packages are currently sold out, but Premium packages are still available for $169. Along with the exclusive Star Wars: The Force Awakens lunchbox, the package also includes the following:
Deluxe FAN EXPO CANADA™ Pass
Collectable FAN EXPO CANADA™ Badge
Exclusive Priority Entrance
Special Expo Preview at 2PM on Thursday, September 3
Exclusive Premium Lounge Access
ONE DAY Free Admission to all FAN EXPO HQ conventions until July 26, 2016
Secret Wars #1 Limited Edition Comic
Justice League #41 Limited Edition Lithograph
This year’s FAN EXPO CANADA™ will take place from September 3-6, 2015 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
For a complete list of programming, guests, info and tickets, visit: www.fanexpocanada.com
FAN EXPO CANADA™ boasts the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Canada, the third largest in North America. It is packed with exciting family-friendly activities and celebrity guests including Mike Tyson (Heavyweight Champion of the World), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Jason Momoa (Batman v. Superman), Tom Felton (Harry Potter films) and more! The all-ages pop culture convention expects to host over 140,000 fans at 750,000 sq ft of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the four-day event September 3-6, 2015. www.fanexpocanada.com
August 5, 2015 – 10:32 AM - | Posted in Comicon, Fan Expo Canada, promotions | No Comments »
Take a time-travel adventure into the 16th century at the 37th annual Michigan Renaissance Festival! Join our Queen Elizabeth in a jubilee! Inside our turreted gates, visitors enjoy the sights and sounds of a 17-acre village, complete with building reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns and a magnificent castle. Continuous entertainment takes place on the streets and on 17 themed stages; featuring full-contact armored jousting, comedy and theater shows, music, games, people-powered rides and so much more! Fabulous food and more than 300 artisans displaying their gallery-quality works complete the experience!
Join us weekends and Labor day August 22nd thru October 4th! Plus Festival Friday on October 2nd.
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August 3, 2015 – 5:24 PM - | Posted in promotions | No Comments »
Can you believe that summer is halfway over?!?! It’s time for parents across the country to start getting ready for the upcoming school year, and what better way to stock up on back-to-school supplies than at Walmart during Ohio’s Tax Free Weekend coming up August 7-9th?
Parents will be able to score the best deals on the highest quality school supplies and instructional materials for under $20 as well as clothing under $75 and calculators under $200.
These products also include Crayola back to school products like Crayons, Twistables Colored Pencils, Ultra-Clean Washable Markers and Visi-Max Dry-Erase Markers all available at Walmart Stores. There’s no better time for parents to stcock up and send their kids back to school with the highest quality supplies.
Here’s why you should reach for Crayola while shopping this Tax Free Weekend:
– Value: Crayola Crayons last 35% longer- meaning that parents get more value per crayon. Each one can cover more than 6 pages!
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August 3, 2015 – 8:52 AM - | Posted in products, promotions | No Comments »