Put Your Feet Up for Healthy Homes Month

Put Your Feet Up

What routine do you have when you get home? Do you take off your shoes? Do you put on house shoes? Different people have different traditions when it comes to shoes in the home, but having a shoe to wear exclusively in and around the house is a good idea for a variety of reasons.

According to Austrian shoe retailer Giesswein, in Austria “it’s very common to have a dedicated pair of hausschuhe (indoor-only shoes) to keep at bay the bacteria, toxins and dirt that are just waiting to hitch a ride on your outside shoes.”

Another way that house shoes can help is by providing a comfy environment for your feet to relax. House shoes tend to provide extra space in the toe box of the shoe which means that feet are free to move naturally. Some shoes we find ourselves wearing frequently, either due to jobs or lifestyle, don’t match the natural form of the foot and can cause it to distort into unnatural positions.

Because the surfaces we walk on today are hard and flat (concrete, asphalt, tile, and hardwood), our feet are often sore and tired at the end of the day. Good Feet recommends wearing house shoes instead of going barefoot to prevent this wear and tear and encourages the use of arch supports in conjunction with the shoes. Together, they can give you the freedom to stretch and be supported. So even when you are relaxing, you can still get the benefits that come with wearing arch supports.

 

Motion and Emotion

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Perhaps you’ve heard the saying: motion creates emotion. Certainly those who move frequently, either for work or pleasure, know the power of movement. Whether going for a leisurely walk or biking on a mountain, the way you move (or don’t move) affects the way you think. Being stuck in a rut of inertia can tax both the body and the mind. It is difficult to do the things you want to when you aren’t feeling physically at your best.

Not everyone needs the same amount of movement to feel a certain way. Knowing your limits and your likes will help you create positive emotion from motion in a consistent, sustainable way. Instead of taking on the hard work of getting momentum from a stand-still, it may be helpful to start from a place with momentum already.

If you are unsure of what this might look like, consider some areas of your life where you are already being active. This might be your walk to your special sandwich place at lunch, the weekend stroll to the coffee shop, or even just the luxurious stretch you always find yourself doing before you get out of bed in the morning.

Build upon these small enjoyments and make them big successes. Take your stretching out of bed and do a round before you brush your teeth — but remember to do stretches that feel good. Don’t jump in too fast and extend yourself past your level of interest and ability. Start small and watch your success build. Success builds exponentially! Many people hesitate to get on the road to success because it is built by so many small stepping stones. But when you’re prepared, you can take it in stride.

 

#TeamMemberTuesday

Lucy- Salem Fitter

Lucy - Salem fitter

 

How long have you been with Good Feet?

It will be two years in June.

What difference has Good Feet had on your life?

It has made a huge difference on my life. My life has improved in multiple ways. Working for Good Feet has helped me be able to provide for my family, and I’ve found the relief I’ve needed for my plantar fasciitis by wearing the arch supports. It’s also allowing me to change people’s lives two feet at a time.

Favorite Good Feet story?

All my clients are special to me, but one story stands out from when I first started the job. A little boy, about eight years old, wasn’t able to play sports because of the pain he was experiencing in his feet. Those complaints brought him into Good Feet, but he was able to run around the entire store pain free as soon as he put his first pair of supports in his shoes. After watching that happen, I knew that The Good Feet Store was a great place to be working.

What are some of the challenges you face on the job?

Many people come into the store and are sad or mad because they’ve been hurting so long and are not happy with the life they currently have, and they bring in that sadness with them. It can be challenging to turn around their day and change the way they are feeling in the hopes of ultimately changing their lives.

What are some of your hobbies?

I love Zumba. If you invite me to go out to eat or go to Zumba, I don’t care If I’m starving, I’ll choose Zumba. Dance in general is a hobby. I had to stop going to Zumba when my feet were hurting, but I was able to get back to Zumba when I got my Good Feet arch supports. It’s the best.

Favorite place to visit?

California to visit my family. I’m the only family member who lives in Oregon, and my favorite place to be is where my parents are — California. I’m also planning a trip to Mexico, the country where I was born. Hopefully that will happen this year. It has been twelve years since I last visited.

What inspires/excites you?

Being able to change people’s lives. Watching people receive the help they need and having them give me a hug, because I was able to help them. 

When they come back after 30 days for their checkup and are still feeling great and happy. I am inspired by their happiness.

Anything else we should know about you?

I’m happy to be here and thankful that this company really cares for me, my family, and all of our clients. I’m really happy to be a part of this team. Every day is different, and I’m changing lives every day. I’d always rather be in the store, because I know there are people who need my help.

Jump Into Water Aerobics

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May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! How do you like to stay active? There are many ways to engage in physical fitness. But one of the most important aspects of exercise is enjoyment. If you don’t enjoy an activity, it will be hard to keep it up. And let’s face it…exercise can be hard to enjoy at times. The sweat, the aching muscles, the recovery time.

If you’re looking for a workout that is effective and fun, consider water aerobics. It’s a great workout, and the pool helps keep you cool when the tempo picks up. It can be done in a solo session or as part of a group and requires little to no equipment. If you have a community pool and a swimsuit, you are set! Some pools offer classes as well. When you do decide you want to dive into a class, keep in mind there are two primary types of water aerobics. One is the classic version, which takes place in the shallow end with some added deep-end exercises. Deep water aerobics, on the other hand, takes place in the deep end of the pool.

With classic water aerobics, you can expect a balanced workout that encourages full-body toning. Much of the time the exercises will be done standing in the shallow end, with some activity in the deep end. Deep water aerobics is a little different because the ground is probably deeper than you are tall! So be prepared to do some treading or kicking. Deep water aerobics is a great choice because even when you are focusing on building arm strength, you’ll also be building up strength in your legs, sometimes without even being aware of it.

Most pools have water aerobic equipment available for use, but simple kicks and strokes are also a staple. Equipment can be as basic as a noodle or as specialized as a foam barbell. Kickboards and pull buoys are also used. Most exercises depend on water resistance. Another great thing about water aerobics? You control the workout. You can push yourself as much, or as little, as you want. And after the workout, you’ll be tired but happy. And ready for more.