Your Top Dr. Comfort Shoe Picks

At Dr. Comfort, we believe in comfortable, quality footwear. We could go on all day about our shoes, but instead, we are going to share some of the things you’ve had to say about our shoes. Based on the reviews on the site, we’ve pulled the top women’s and top men’s shoes for you.

Not seeing your favorite pair of Dr. Comfort shoes on the list? Think your pair of Paradises lives up to their name? Do your Boss’ make you feel, well, like a boss? Submit your own review and let us know what you think!

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Gary

4 Stars

Our Gary shoes are designed by rheumatology experts at Rush University Medical Center to reduce knee load. Our patented design works to allow natural motion to occur. But don’t take our word for it; here are some of the things you said about the Gary:

“My Gary’s arrived Sunday and I wore them all day Monday. It was quite amazing. The pain left my knees immediately…” Reviewer Adam Thielen

“The pain in my knee has been reduced by about 90%. I could not ask for more…” Reviewer Logan Farrar 

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Performance

5 Stars

Who says staying active can’t be comfortable? Our Performance athletic shoes are lightweight and have an arch stabilizer to help keep your feet supported through all your daily activities. Bonus: they come in a variety of colors too!

“These are the absolute best sneakers I have ever worn by far. I’m on my feet at work for 8-9 hours a day and these sneakers are very lightweight and very comfortable to wear all day long…” Reviewer Tom

“Exercising is much more comfortable in these than the shoes I had before…” Reviewer D Begay, NM

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William

4 Stars

We all want shoes that feel secure but that don’t weigh our feet down. If you’re looking for lightweight comfort, consider the William.

“Feels like heaven when I slip these shoes on…” Reviewer Steve

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Winner X

4 Stars

Full top grain leather, arch stabilizer and they are a full ¼ deeper? What more could you want from the Winner-X?!

“This has to be the best shoe I have ever worn. This is my second pair and I haven’t had any wear problems with my prosthetic…” Reviewer Jim McGuire

“Great shoes! 100% recommended” Reviewer William Guerra

Ranger

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4 Stars

Get outdoors with the Ranger boot. These stylish and durable boots look great on the trails or at work.

 “I have owned these boots for almost a year. They’ve held up pretty well and are still really comfortable…” Reviewer Steve from Florida

 “I have owned the Ranger style shoe now for 9 months and for the most part they have been a durable and stable shoe in most conditions…” Reviewer Vince from Michigan

Women’s Shoes

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Refresh

4 Stars

Running shoes can be supportive and look good. Our Refresh athletic shoes are proof.

“Love these Athletic cross trainer and the best part is they do not look like diabetic shoes. With they cross trainer I can walk longer distance without pain in my feet and leg…” Reviewer Bonnie B

“I can say these are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn & will reorder another pair each year for as long as they are available…” Reviewer Yvonne

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Sandy

4 Stars

Just like our Gary shoes, Sandys help you stay active by reducing the stress on your knees!

“These shoes are absolutely wonderful. They are so comfortable that I feel like I have slippers on. I wore them for a week in Disney World and my Knees felt great…” Reviewer Dolores

“Awesome shoes, so lightweight, comfy and flexible…” Reviewer Austin

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Victory

4 Stars

Clean, classic and comfortable; let the Victory live to its name as your go-to athletic shoe!

“I absolutely find these the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned in my life. I am 300 lb.  and a diabetic with horrible neuropathy pain in my feet and they are still comfortable and holding up well…” Reviewer Nadine

Dr Comfort Betty Shoe

Betty

4 Stars

It’s not always necessary to choose fashion over function. Look stylish in the Betty!

“I really like the look of this shoe, it is stylish for an orthopedic/Velcro shoe…” Reviewer Moonbeam

Dr Comfort Vigor Boot

Vigor

4 Stars

Looking to keep your feet happy and protected outdoors? Then the lightweight Vigor boot might be for you.

“This is the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn for work, bar none”- Reviewer CO Gal

“At age 57 I took a job in a greenhouse because I love working with plants. I am a type 2 diabetic (no foot neuropathy) and have arthritis on a toe in my left foot. I tried 3 different shoes I had in the house. My feet still ached from being on them for 8 hrs. These boots are ideal. The gel inserts that came with the boots are an added plus…” – Reviewer Gardening Lover

 

 

 

 

FootFacts

Fascinating Foot Facts

At Dr. Comfort, we’re experts in comfortable footwear that address a number of foot related medical issues. We’re obviously big fans of feet. Whether you love them or hate them, feet are fascinating. While we usually focus on foot health, we wanted to dive into some interesting facts about feet.

The human foot has been growing progressively larger over the years. In the 1960s for example, the average shoe size for a woman in the US was 6.5. Now the average size is between an 8.5 and 9!

The largest feet (on a living person) in the world belong to Brahim Takioullah of France. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Takioullah’s left foot measures 1’3’’ and his right foot measures 1’ 2.76’’. He’s held the record since 2011. Takioullah is also the 2nd tallest man in the world.

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You have a total of 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments in each foot. In addition, each human foot contains about 250,000 sweat glands!

If you sometimes feel like one shoe fits better than the other, you’re not crazy. One foot is usually larger than the other. It’s actual rare to have feet that are the same size. If the difference is noticeable, buy shoes for the larger foot.

We told you about the benefits of walking, but did you know that the average person will walk around 115,000 miles in a lifetime? That’s about 8,000-10,000 steps a day. To that into perspective, 115,000 miles is more than four times around the Earth.

Speaking of walking, when you walk, each time you lift your heel, your toes are carrying one of half of your body weight.

75% of people will experience foot problems in their lifetime. So take care of them! Keep them dry, warm and comfortably protected in shoes that support healthy, happy feet.

Sources:

http://www.everydayhealth.com/foot-health-pictures/funky-feet-facts.aspx

http://www.nuestep.com/15-interestingweird-foot-facts-find/

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/why-our-feet-are-getting-bigger-9481529.html

Sleeping

The Benefits of Sleep

Sleeping, snoozing, getting some shut-eye; there are lots of names for what we do when we go to bed and close our eyes. It’s widely known that the average person should get about eight hours a sleep a night. However beyond just feeling rested, sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle. Getting enough sleep can benefit not only your mind, but also your heart, weight, and more.

Your brain never sleeps, even when you do. This is one of the reasons sleep is so important. While you’re asleep, your brain works to strengthen memories and go over skills you learned while you were awake. This is called consolidation. If you don’t get enough sleep, everything from the day may not be properly stored. During consolidation, your brain also reorganizes and restructures your memories, strengthening emotional components, which may inspire creativity when you wake up.
While your brain is making sure all the information your absorbed over the course of your day is properly filed, your body is at rest. This can lead to a reduction in inflammation, which is linked to conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and premature aging. Studies have shown that people who get less than six hours of sleep a night have increased levels of inflammatory proteins in their blood than people who get more than six hours of sleep.

 

Beyond reducing inflammation, sleep can help keep you healthy because it’s also an important part of weight management. Getting enough sleep not only helps you maintain your weight but also lose weight. On the flipside, not getting enough sleep can lead to an increased risk of weight gain.

Not getting enough sleep makes you overtired. When you’re overtired, you have less energy. Less energy can reduce your desire to hit the gym, go for a run, or cook a healthy dinner, especially after a long day at work. But beyond causing a lack of motivation, there are are physiological factors at play. Sleep and metabolism are actually controlled by the same parts of the brain. The same hormones that cause you to feel sleepy also make you hungry. Leptin is a hormone that makes you feel full. When you don’t sleep, the level of leptin drops making you hungrier.

This is all well and good but for many people, sleep does not come easily. Whether it’s stress, insomnia, noise, etc.many people have a difficult time getting enough sleep. For those who just can’t seem to get enough shuteye, here are some tips:

Don’t eat 2-3 hours before bed and skip that afternoon coffee

Spicy and/or big meals before bed can cause digestive issues that keep you up. Having coffee can affect your sleep even if you drink it six hours before your go to bed. If you’re really dragging after lunch and need a bit of caffeine, consider half the amount of your morning coffee.

Get into sleep mode by relaxing

Start to wind down an hour or so before hitting the hay. Read a book, watch a movie, take a hot shower, whatever helps you low down and unwind.

Move distractions like laptops and/or TVs out of the bedroom

Working from bed might seem like the most efficient way to get work done until bedtime, but it can affect your sleep. For some people, the light from the screen of their laptop / tablet / phone can activate their brain, making it hard to fall asleep. If you can’t sleep in silence, try purchasing a white noise machine instead of falling asleep with the TV on. Try to keep your bed primarily for sleeping; it will help your brain associate going to bed with going to sleep.

Sleep is important to function but remember, even though around eight hours is the standard, some people need a little more or can deal with a little less. In order to get the benefits of sleep, figure out the amount of sleep that’s right for you to feel rested and alert.

 

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/9-reasons-to-sleep-more

http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-tools-tips/healthy-sleep-tips/page/0%2C1/

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/myths-facts

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20459221,00.html

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Tips for Happy Summer Feet

Summer time is when your toes come out to play! From beach days to summer sandals, your feet are as out-and-about as you are. But with that come some risks, especially for diabetics.

Extreme heat can cause foot swelling and/or dryness. Walking barefoot can lead to puncture wounds, blisters, etc. Before you toss those flip flops, we’ve got some tips for keeping your feet happy and healthy all summer long.

  • Say “no” to going barefoot. Sure it feels nice to have your toes in the sand, but the walk to your beach spot can involve traversing some very hot dunes. Sharp objects like pieces of shells or garbage can be just under the sand; you don’t even know they’re there until you step on them. Ouch! Also, places like pools and public restrooms, which are full of moisture, are prone to bacteria.
  • Feet are made up of sun sensitive skin just like the rest of your body. Treat them the same and make sure to apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet to protect against sunburn.
  • Foot swelling is no fun. After a long, hot day, soak those tired feet in a tub of ice water for 15 minutes. After, pat them dry with a soft towel. If swelling continues, try wearing support stockings or socks.
  • Try some coconut oil! Coconut oil has a ton of health claims associated with it, though most of them are not proven. However, one of the most common (and proven) uses for this miracle product is as a moisturizer. It’s solid at room temperature and a little goes a long way. It absorbs quickly and beyond leaving your skin hydrated, it also has some antimicrobial properties, making it great for feet. Go with an extra virgin, all natural variety. For extra moisturizing, rub some on your feet at before you go to bed then slip on some cotton socks. Your feet with be super soft in the morning.

Got some tips for summertime foot care? Leave them in the comments!

 

Sources:

http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/diabetes-and-vision-loss/summer-foot-care/235

http://www.thehealthsite.com/beauty/11-diy-tips-to-keep-your-feet-happy-in-the-summer/

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discussions/general/11031-summer-foot-care-for-happy-diabetic-feet

Convention Tips

Foot Care Tips for the Convention Goer

Maybe you work in sales, or maybe you don’t, but either way it’s likely that you’ve been to trade shows or conventions. According to the Convention Industry Council, 205 million people in the United States attend conventions, conferences, congresses, trade shows and exhibitions each year. Conventions are essential to gaining new knowledge in your field, networking with cross-country colleagues, and promoting your company and/or products, and, while all are beneficial, conventions can do a number on your body, particularly on your feet.

Exhibit halls are very, very long with concrete floors providing little support. In fact, the largest convention center in North America, McCormick Place in Chicago, IL is 2,670,000 sqft! Chances are that if you’re on the floor, whether you’re an exhibitor or attendee, you’re on your feet. All day. This not only causes foot pain but soreness in your knees, hips, back and shoulders, but makes those long hours seem even longer. To help you keep your convention experience pain-free, here are some helpful foot care tips for before, during and after your day on the trade floor.

 

BEFORE THE SHOW

Pack Comfortable Shoes!

This seems like a no-brainer but a good pair of comfortable shoes is a must for any trade show. If you’re getting new shoes for the occasion, break them in ahead of time. Pro tip: to make sure they fit properly, try to purchase new shoes at the end of the day. Your feet tend to swell during the day and this is the best way to ensure they will fit well and remain comfortable.

Avoid dress shoes with pointed toes (both men and women’s shoes seem to be following this trend). For women, shoes with high and/or thin heels are not recommended. Instead try short heels or even wedges. If you need those high-heeled power pumps for a certain event, just throw them in your tote and bring them with you to the convention. And open-toed shoes like sandals on the crowded convention floor sounds like a recipe for disaster so it’s recommended that you stick with the closed toe variety.

In addition, change it up by bringing more than one pair of comfortable shoes with you. This helps to fight against foot and leg fatigue. Plus, it’s always good to have a backup pair of shoes.

Invest In Orthotics

A supportive insert in your favorite pair of shoes can make all the difference. Not sure what type you need? Visit a podiatrist prior to your trade show to figure out what you need in terms of foot support.

Try Compression Socks or Hosiery

Compression socks or stockings help to increase arterial pressure, which causes more blood to return to the heart and less blood to pool in the feet. Give it a try. Compression therapy can help relieve heavy, aching, post-convention hall legs.

 

DURING THE SHOW

Take Breaks

Give your feet a rest every once in a while! Step away from the floor or your booth and find a place to sit comfortably for 10-15 minutes.

Exercise

Staying active and fit during a convention might sound extra draining but there are some benefits. Exercise releases endorphins, lowers stress levels and help you sleep better. If you’re not particularly active, try taking a short walk in the morning to help get your energy up and loosen your legs for the the day ahead.

 

AFTER THE SHOW

Soak Those Toes

After spending the day on your feet, relax and unwind with a foot soak. Mix in a little epsom salt; it’s has anti-inflammatory effects and it’s a natural exfoliant. After you dry off, rub your feet down with some lotion, making sure to skip over the toes though. Then throw on some cotton socks and head to bed. Your feet will feel rested and ready for the next day.

Treat Yourself

Conventions and trade shows can be exhausting for more than just your feet. Consider treating yourself to a massage after. This is not only a great way to relax but also to alleviate any lingering pain in your feet, legs and back.

Are you a frequent trade show attendee? Got any additional tips for us? Leave them in the comments.

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-rosenberg/when-your-feet-hurt-every_b_187418.html

http://www.impact-displays.com/necessity-of-trade-show-flooring.php

http://praxisevents.com/tips-for-the-exhibit-manager-keeping-healthy-and-pain-free-at-a-trade-show/

http://sales-training.entireyellowpages.com/49209.php

http://www.smashhitdisplays.com/Blog/Oh-My-Aching-Feet.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCormick_Place

http://www.conventionindustry.org/index.aspx

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5 Superfoods for Fighting Diabetes

It’s no secret that diabetes has been on the rise. As of 2013, diabetes affects 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population. Between 1958 and 2013, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes has increased from 1.5 million to 18.8 million.

While there are a number of factors that come into play when living with diabetes, diet is extremely important. Luckily there are a number of commonly found foods that help reduce the effects of diabetes and help you live a healthier life. The best part is that these foods are versatile and delicious.

Beans

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Legumes like beans are fantastic for diabetics. They contain high quality carbohydrates that raise blood sugar levels slowly. Beans are a good source of protein too; just a ½ cup provides as much protein as an ounce of meat but without the saturated fat. They also are high in fiber, low in fat and a good source of potassium and magnesium. Besides that, they come in many different varieties, making beans easy to work into many recipes and dishes.

If that didn’t sell you on beans, a study by JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that beans may be a good way to control glycemic levels in people with type II diabetes. This could also reduce risk in coronary heart disease.

Nuts (Almonds, Walnuts, etc.)

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Whether you prefer walnuts, almonds, or flax seeds, nuts vary in size, flavor and healthy attributes.

Unsalted almonds are delicious and snack-worthy, but they also provide a healthy, low-carb mix of monounsaturated fats plus magnesium. Eating foods that contain both monounsaturated fats and magnesium is believed to be instrumental in carbohydrate metabolism. They are also a relatively filling food and a good choice between meals.

Another good nut to crack is the walnut. Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid that boosts heart health and lowers cholesterol. Walnuts also contain vitamin E, folic acid, zinc, protein magnesium, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. Try them raw, on salads, or in a number of recipes.

Nonfat Milk and Yogurt

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Vitamin D is essential for good health. It’s well known that Vitamin D helps to keep bones strong and healthy.  Non-fat dairy foods, including milk and yogurt, are fortified with Vitamin D, making them an easy way to get your daily intake.

Fat-free yogurt naturally contains both high-quality carbohydrates and protein which both help prevent unhealthy rises in blood sugar, not to mention are a great source of calcium. If you’re looking for more protein in your diet, try nonfat Greek yogurt instead; it has double the protein of regular non-fat yogurt.

Wild Salmon

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One of the health concerns with type II is the risk of heart disease. Eating foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular issues. One of the best sources of omega-3s is wild salmon.

Wild salmon contains a healthy-fat-and-protein combination that slows the body’s absorption of carbohydrates, keeping blood sugars at a steady level. Added bonus: salmon also has Vitamin D and selenium for healthy hair, skin, nails, and bones.

Stay away from salmon dishes that are breaded or fried. However, there are many many great healthy salmon recipes to choose from.

Dark leafy vegetables

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There is little debate that dark, leafy vegetables like spinach, collards, Swiss chard, and kale are extremely good for you. They are low in calories, low in carbohydrates and packed with nutrients.

Kale in particular has many health benefits that truly make it into a superfood. It contains chemicals called glucosinolates, which activate enzymes in the liver to neutralize cancer-causing substances. A helping of kale can provide more than 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A and Vitamin K. It has also been shown to lower high blood pressure, making it great for diabetics.

These are just a few of the foods that can help you live a healthier life with diabetes.  For more info, check out the Eating Right with Diabetes community.

Sources:

9 Foods You Should Eat to Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes Superfoods: American Diabetes Association®

10 Diabetes Super Foods: Full of Essential Vitamins & Fatty Acids

The Best Foods to Eat to Beat Diabetes (and 5 to Avoid!) | Healthy Living – Yahoo Shine

Diabetes and Prediabetes Statistics and Facts | NDEP

Shoes

The 5 Most Uncomfortable Looking Shoe Trends

At Dr. Comfort, the name says it all; our mission is to design quality, comfortable footwear for your medical needs. However, the world of high fashion seems to go in the opposite of comfort; shoes seem to be reaching new heights with every runway show. We’ve put together a list of some of the most extreme shoes out there; they bring the phrase “fashion over function” to a whole new level!

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Alexander McQueen (RIP) was a brilliant, talented designer. However, some of his signature shoe creations are somewhat terrifying. These “Armadillo” heels, made popular by the likes of Lady Gaga, look like a cross between some kind of animal hoof and stilettos. Ouch!

 

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Another McQueen creation, these shoes look more like the creatures from the sci-fi horror classic Alien than they do shoes. The decision to put these on or send them out of an airlock is entirely up to you.

 

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One of the latest shoe trends is the heelless shoe. Talk about needing a strong sense of balance! As if the missing heel wasn’t enough, these shoes are also platforms. The popularity of the style has even lead to tutorials on how to walk in them.

 

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Typically when you think of ballet, you think of elegance and grace. And while these shoes are certainly striking, walking in them seems anything but graceful. Rather than having to balance on the ball of your foot like you would in the heelless platforms above, these shoes require you to balance on your toes. Thankfully, these shoes are most commonly seen in photoshoots, where walking isn’t necessary.

 

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Out of all the non-flat shoes in style today, platforms and wedges are often considered more comfortable than standard heels. But these Jeffrey Campbell “Lita” booties might make you think otherwise. While out of all the shoes listed, these are probably the most popular and the least extreme; for the typical heel-wearer, these should be a breeze to walk down the street in. The danger lies in the height; one misstep and you could end up seriously rolling your ankle!

 

Have you seen other extreme shoe trends lately? Tell us about them in the comments!

The Benefits of Walking

For many, regular exercise is hard to come by. For someone who is not a fitness fanatic there seem to be many barriers to getting in shape. Gym memberships, personal training, exercise equipment, workout regimen, diet plans; the fitness world is vast and complex. But getting healthy isn’t that complicated. Something as simple as taking a walk everyday can substantially improve your health and your life.

The benefits of walking are well documented. Research has shown that even walking for 30 minutes a day can greatly improve your health by doing the following:

  • Reducing the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Reducing the risk of Type II Diabetes
  • Improving blood pressure
  • Improving blood sugar levels
  • Strengthening your bones
  • Helping you maintain a healthy body weight / lowering your risk of obesity
  • Helping you relax and de-stress

According to the Stroke Association, walking briskly for up to 30 minutes each day can help prevent and control the high blood pressure that can cause strokes – reducing your risk by up to 27%!

But can going for a walk really do all of this? It can if you’re consistent.

The best way for walking to have positive lasting effects on your physical health is do it everyday. Now you don’t need to walk for hours on end to get the benefits. Start off with short walks; a 10 minute walk during lunch, a 20 minute walk around your neighborhood after work, etc. The important thing is to get into a routine. Start small and work up from there.

It might sound a little silly, but proper walking technique is also important. The Mayo Clinic suggests the following:

  • Keep your head up and looking forward
  • Keep your shoulders back and relaxed with your back straight and tall
  • Allow your arms to relax and swing freely
  • Make sure you’re walking heel to toe

In addition to proper form, make sure you do a little preparation before heading out:

  • If you’re walking outside, make sure you have sun protection (sunscreen, hat, etc).
  • Wear comfortable, supportive footwear
  • If you do not regularly exercise or are feeling some muscle stiffness, stretch out before and after your walk
  • Make sure you are hydrated and bring water with you if you plan on a longer walk

For further motivation, make walking into a game!  There are several wearable fitness trackers like theFitbitandNike’s Fuelbandthat help you track your steps as well as calories. Or if you have a smartphone, try an app like Argus (available in the App Store). Make it into a friendly competition with your walking buddies, seeing who has the most activity points week by week.

The important thing to remember is that walking should be a positive experience. If you miss a day or even a week, don’t fret and get back on track. Think of walking not as something you have to do, but as time for yourself. Use your walks as a way to decompress from the work day, to get some alone time, to get outside in the fresh air. If you’re a social person, invite friends and family along with you. Set group fitness goals that you can work towards together.

Walking is a simple thing that can have a big impact. So get out there and start walking!

 

Sources:

http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/in-depth/walking/art-20046261

http://www.startwalkingnow.org/whystart_benefits_walking.jsp

http://nof.org/articles/238