Our feet carry us wherever we want to go. We often take them for granted until they hurt, and when our feet hurt, we aren’t happy campers. In my 20s, I got frost bite up to my ankles from ice fishing. I’m lucky the only consequence was collapsed arches, but I’ve been dealing with foot issues ever since.
Our feet are the foundation for our structure and alignment. If are feet aren’t functioning properly, we can experience knee, hip, back, and neck pain. Flat feet can also negatively impact your balance. You may not have incurred an injury like me, but aging and gaining weight can both affect your arches. Whatever the cause, flat feet can lead to Plantar Fasciitis (painful tendon that will stop you dead in your tracks), heel spurs, and bunions.
Orthotics are certainly a useful tool for flat feet. I have been wearing some form of arch support since my frost bite episode. However, it isn’t the only course of action to take. Treatment needs to include stretching and strengthening not only the muscles and tendons of the foot and ankle but the hips, legs, and back. Foot flexion and pointing exercises should be a regular routine along with lengthening your calves and hamstrings.
Stand by a wall and place your hands on the wall. Walk one leg back/behind you and keep both heels on the floor. Lean into the wall by bending your elbows. You should feel your calves and hamstrings. Another great stretch is to squat all the way down to the floor, trying to keep your heels on the ground. Most of us can’t because our Achille’s Tendon is too tight, but you will get the benefit nonetheless.
Foot health is just as important as heart health. It is another motivator for us to keep all our muscles strong and flexible. Don’t have a good Podiatrist? I would encourage you to find one before you actually need one.
The dog days of summer may be behind us, but our dogs will forever be faithfully by our side. What a gift our canine companions are, and science proves they are good additions to our lives. They benefit us physically, emotionally, and mentally. Besides, they are just so fun!
Some ways your dog enriches your life:
- Walking our furry friends to stretch their legs and do their business forces us outside where we get fresh air, Vitamin D from the sun, and meet other dog-loving humans.
- Playing with Fido will reduce your blood pressure and that decreases your chances of cardiovascular disease.
- Cuddling with your pup will lower your stress level, helping you to feel more joy and sleep better at night.
- Talking to your dog can ward off loneliness and depression.
- Interacting with canines helps children learn empathy, compassion, kindness, and unconditional love.
Perhaps we should spend less time on social media and more time with our family and pets? It may not solve all the challenges of the world, but we will sure feel better about it.
Have you ever seen someone with their feet up on their desk, thinking big thoughts? Your first impression may be, “Man, are they lazy!” but you just might be wrong. You might also think that when I’m running, I am not doing anything else. You would again, be incorrect. You see, creative thought requires space, and space means we must carve out some time away from all the chaos and noise. For me, that means getting out in nature. When I am hiking or running, I often get new program ideas, blog posts, or marketing concepts because I am away from my computer. My mind is also clear, open, and my spirit is receptive. I suspect some people with their feet up on their desk may be doing the same thing.
We must plan and be organized, but if we structure every minute of our day and never allow for some creative space, we are missing out on possible mold-breaking, earth-shaking, totally cool ideas. Have you found yourself, your department, or company in a rut? You may need some time away to just think big thoughts. I suspect some of our greatest inventions are a result of jus that, so you’d be in good company. Creative time is time well spent, and it may make the difference between becoming obsolete or cutting edge.
Getting a pet is an extremely important decision, and you must take many things into account to ensure you are a good match to both human and animal are happy. Each breed has specific needs and personalities. To learn more about how to get the perfect pet for you, go to my store and purchased my PDF booklet: How to Have the Perfect Pet.