Go for the Gold

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This season, it’s hard not to be in awe of the amazing things people can do with their bodies–from freestyle skiing to super-fast sledding, the human body is an amazing tool. Of course, professional athletes devote their lives to training their bodies to be so strong. For them, no measure is too much if it helps them get into peak condition. From cardio to cupping, professional athletes will entertain just about any idea that has the potential to get them performing at their best.

For those of us who like to stay active (but don’t yet have plans to compete), there are less dramatic ways to improve performance that can be just as effective as any extreme measure. Because feet are the foundation of the body, an improvement in foot health can lead to improvement in the body throughout. Arch supports are a great way to reach a higher level of performance.

Good Feet’s Total Body Wellness System works on three areas of foot health: strengthening, maintaining, and relaxing.  Strengthener arch supports are designed and named for the effect they have on the foot’s composition.They exercise and strengthen the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the foot and can help guide it into a more ideal position. Wearing a Strengthener is like a workout for your feet, except the goal isn’t a slim physique–it is ideal skeletal alignment for the whole body.

Maintainer arch supports work to maintain all the progress that has been made with the Strengtheners. When they are used together, they can be an effective way of cross-training feet.

At the end of the day, athletes both professional and recreational need to recover. If cryotherapy, which involves surrounding yourself in nitrogen-chilled air as low as -300 degrees Fahrenheit doesn’t sound appealing to you, how about a massage? That’s where the Relaxer arch supports come in. Relaxers are like yoga for the feet. They prevent the feet from reverting to their old habits while still giving them time to relax, which is always an important step in any exercise regimen.

So no matter how you choose to be an athlete, you can be confident that with Good Feet arch supports, you can perform well and be well. Now what gold will you go for?

#TeamMemberTuesday

KELLY – BOISE FITTER

Meet Kelly, one of our fabulous fitters who has an inspirational Good Feet story of her own as well as a passion to help people. Without further ado…Kelly.

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How long have you been with Good Feet?

I began working for Good Feet in May 2017.

What are some of your hobbies?

Photography, scrapbooking and camping.

Favorite place to photograph?

Italy. I would like to go back to Rome to do more photography there.

What inspires/excites you?

Helping people get out of pain.

What difference has Good Feet made on your life?

I started as a Good Feet client. I had been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis for 20 years and worked at a job where I was on my feet all day.  When I got home I didn’t want to get out of the car and wanted to cry because of the pain.  My husband and I went to The Good Feet store after trying everything…drug store supports, a boot and seeing a podiatrist, without any relief.  Once I had the Good Feet arch supports I had immediate relief in one foot and gradual relief in my second foot. I believed in Good Feet so much that I wanted to work there. I didn’t think it was possible for something to help that much.

When we were getting ready to move back to Boise from California I heard that Good Feet was hiring and after sharing my story with a Good Feet manager over the phone I had the opportunity for an in-person interview, so I made the drive from California to Boise to interview and drove back home the next day.  I knew how much the supports worked, they had helped me, and I wanted to help others.

Favorite Good Feet experience?

When I see people cry because they feel so much better just walking around in-store, and they can’t believe they finally found something that helped them. We often get big hugs when customers are on their way out of the store.

Keeping Safe on the Ski Slope

Winter forestProfessional downhill skiers are sleek and fast. When they whip down the slope at top speed this winter, it will be hard to notice anything but the speed at which they do it. But a successful run requires a lot more than just the will to go down a mountain. Here are some ski slope essentials that professional skiers depend on and that the recreational skier can benefit from, too.

  • Helmet–A helmet is always a good idea, especially when a skier is reaching speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. A racer’s helmet doesn’t need to be bulky or heavy, but it does need to be dependable. Head injuries are some of the most serious that can occur whether you have years of experience or are just starting out.

 

  • Goggles–Soft snowflakes can feel like sharp glass on the slope without a pair of goggles. Tinted goggles provide protection from the sun, but clear ones give you a less distorted vision of the route.

 

  • Long underwear–Professional skiers have a special suit they race in, but what goes under that suit is up to them. Many outfit themselves with a good pair of long underwear. Cotton doesn’t have the ability to wick moisture, but wool, silk, and polyester blends are all good options.

 

  • Foot support–anyone who has gone downhill skiing knows that ski boots aren’t the comfiest footwear on the market today. Professional skiers depend on boot liners and orthotics. Foot support is just as important for the recreational skier. Ski boots exercise muscles in the foot that aren’t used to being exercised and often times, inner-arch pain results. A pair of orthotics can improve the experience of swishing down a ski slope–be it bunny or black diamond!