It's another new year and another chance to change your quality of life. I'm sure every year feels like the perfect time, but hopefully, this is your year. As a shoe store, we believe exercise is a great way to keep your body healthy. We may focus a lot on how comfortable our shoes can be, but our shoes are also excellent for exercise. With our shoe collection and a few tips for adding more exercise to your day, you'll have a great new year. If you need help getting started, we have shoes and ways to get you moving this year.
Why You Should Excercise
4 Tips for Moving More
Count Your Steps
Look for More Ways to Walk
Use Your Pets
Make it Family Time
Shoes For Excercise
Why You Should Excercise
We know the common motivation for exercise is to lose weight. While having a healthy weight for your body type can be good for you, it shouldn't be your only priority when exercising. Regular exercise is a great relief of stress. It can increase your endorphins which helps to improve your mood. Exercis, like weight lifting, helps keep your bones, joints and muscles strong as you age. It can also increase your ability to perform everyday activities and prevent falls.
4 Tips for Moving More
Adding any activity to your day can help to increase the calories your body burns. For some, heading to the gym is best, but there are plenty of ways to add movement without a gym membership.
Tip 1: Count Your Steps
The recommended daily step count is 10,000, but it can be daunting when first starting. Choosing a goal of 2,250 steps a day is an ideal place to begin. A person of average height and weight walking at a regular speed of around three mph will take approximately 2,250 steps to walk a mile. To help keep track of steps, you'll need a pedometer. The pedometer you choose depends on the features you like, but you have essentially three ways to track steps. You can use one of the many apps on your phone, but this is not the most accurate way to count steps. You could instead choose a cheap pedometer that clips to your clothes or shoes. The recommended way to track steps is with a smartwatch like a Fitbit or Apple Watch. Smartwatches track your heart rate and are the most accurate way to count steps and calories.
Tip 2: Look for More Ways to Walk
One of the easiest ways to add more exercise to your day is by adding more ways to move. Walking around the block each morning or on the treadmill is great, but you can add steps easily by following a few simple tricks. If you work away from home, try parking your car farther away from your office door. It may mean a quick jog inside on mornings you're running late, but it will increase your step count. Do you take the elevator up to your office? Why not take the stairs instead? Assuming you don't work 20 floors up, taking the stairs is great exercise. Even walking up one flight of stairs will do you more good than you think. Another great trick if you work close to restaurants and like to order lunch is to set your food for pick up. You won't have to pay a delivery tip, and you can add more exercise to your day.
Tip 3: Use Your Pets
Take a look outside in the mornings or after work, and you'll often see the same people every day out walking their dogs. If your backyard is fenced, the dog can run out back, but taking your fur baby for a walk will benefit you both. It provides bonding time with a pet and gets your body moving. Don't feel like going for a walk? Grab a frisbee or a tennis ball. It's common knowledge that most dogs love to play catch. Throwing a ball or frisbee out back will wear your pet out while you increase your heart rate. One of the best ways to get your heart rate up and wear out your dog can be to play chase with your pet. Dogs love playing chase. You likely won't catch your pet, but you'll have fun trying. Don't have a dog? If having a dog is an investment you are willing to make, adoption might be something to try.
Tip 4: Make it Family Time
Exercise doesn't have to be something you do alone. Finding someone to work out with can make it something you look forward to doing. Grab a friend, partner, or the kids, and get moving. Have kids? Try a nature walk instead of a regular walk. Your kids will love exploring while you walk or seeing little critters scurry across the path. With enough friends, you could organize a kickball or baseball game. It doesn't need to be competitive, just fun. Date night can also be a chance for you and a partner to exercise. You could go bowling, duck for cover in laser tag, or sink shots in minigolf. All three of these choices are good fun and good exercise.
Shoes for Excercise
No matter how you get moving, the right shoes are a must. Whatever your style or color, we have a great selection of shoes.
New Balance 880v12
The New Balance wait is over, and we have all your favorite styles in stock. This month's Shoe of the Month is one of our newest shoe arrivals, the New Balance 880v12.
Dual-layer midsole construction featuring top-bed foam cushioning and underfoot Fresh Foam X
Double-layer knit, engineered mesh upper
Blown rubber outsole
Size & Fit
298 grams (10.5 oz)
Size & fit guide
Style #: M880B12
Skechers Go Walk
Skechers wanted you to know what this shoe was for, so they added the word walk to the name. Walking is a sport, and the Skechers Go Walk knows that.
Patented Skechers Arch Fit® insole system with podiatrist-certified arch support
Podiatrist-designed shape developed with 20 years of data and 120,000 unweighted foot scans
HYPER BURST® cushioning midsole offers a highly responsive and ultra-lightweight experience. This innovative resilient foam is created using a 'Super Critical®' process with spherically-shaped cells compressed into the midsole.
HYPER ARC™ adapts to your stride to promote a smoother transition for a more efficient walk
Carbon Infused Pebax material.
Another shoe designed for walking and running is the Steadfast by Xelero. While best for walking, the Steadfast is perfect for those with supination and pronation foot problems.
Fly Knit Upper
Xelero Technology: Makes Running and Walking easier
Internal Rocker: Enhanced forward motion & provides rear foot stability
Control Plate: Offloads bottom pressure
X2 Dynamic Metatarsal Roll Bar Limits forefoot flexion
EVA Midsole: Stable Cushioning
Smooth Heel to Toe transitions
Dual-density PU Footbed
Extra depth to accommodate orthotics
Solid Rubber outsole
Overcoming Overuse Injuries
Support Neutral Stability:
Perfect for both Supination and Pronation issues
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GDefy Mighty Walk
Gravity Defyer knows how your ankles, knees, feet, and back can contribute to foot problems. So they designed a shoe with technology clinically shown to help relieve all those pains.
VersoShock® patented technology is clinically shown to relieve pain in the ankles,
knees, feet, and back by up to 92%*.
Roomy Toe Box has extra room for comfort and better blood circulation.
Front Rolling Design is designed to reduce foot stress by isolating 28 bones, 30 joints,
and over 100 muscles from harm.
Removable Insoles to accommodate custom orthotic support
Durable Breathable Mesh provides proper ventilation & flexibility.
MEDICARE / HCPCS code = A5500 may be eligible for Medicare reimbursement
Free Podiatrist-Grade Corrective Fit Orthotics included– $50 Value. *Orthotics can
help with plantar fasciitis and provide full-body alignment and perfect biomechanics to
help with pain relief.
Exercise is for all, young and old. It may be difficult with foot issues like diabetes, plantar fasciitis, or bunions. Fortunately, it's not impossible and can help keep your body strong. Using these tips, and the right shoes, this year can be your year to move more and feel great. Have more ideas to help others move? Leave us a comment and let us know. Stop in, and we'll help fit you in the right shoes.
New year, need new shoes for the kids? This month is the perfect time to get all those little feet new shoes. In celebration of Grady's birthday, you can get BOGO 1/2 off baby & kid's shoes this month.