|Bustin Beat Walk exercise routineDownload walking music. This song takes you on a walk using progressive beats that increase in speed then decrease on the end to give you a great walk with a nice cool down. sample
|Elliptical Calorie Shredder workout routineMelt the body fat away with the Elliptical Calorie Shredder 30 minute cardio workout session. It's like having your own personal trainer telling you what to do while you are on the elliptical cardio machine. sample
|Melenator cycle training 30 minute (workout routine)A stationary exercise bike workout routine program. Blending sounds of house, jazz, dance, electronic, classic, all mixed into one 30 minute fitnesssong. Inpirational famous quotes that can motivate you while you are sweating it out. sample
|Treadmill Burner workout routineDownload your personal training workout to your ipod or mp3 player today and listen to your personal trainer while on the treadmill. Click to find out more info.. sample
|Treadmill Hotwalker workout routineThis form of walking involves walking to the beat like a cadence being given by a group leader. Because of that cadence, the walk or, march, is usually higher in physical intensity than a normal walk. The result is more calories burned. If you want to use walking for your cardio exercise, and would like to burn more calories than a normal walk, this is the solution.. sample
|A positive mental attitude mind exerciseFitness is about health of your mind, body, and soul. A strong positive mental attitude can change your world. Use this song to uplift your spirits. Your days can be filled with negative receptions. This song can help counter those negative visual and audio encounters. It may also help in lowering your stress, increasing your courage, improving your mental outlook on life. sample
We are born loving sugar -- anyone who doubts this need only witness the way a baby's face lights up when her tongue connects with a sweet taste. But for some people this natural pleasure takes an unhealthy turn, triggering a craving that some experts call a "sugar addiction." That's strong language. The medical definition of "addiction" is a "habitual, physiological and psychological dependence on a substance or practice beyond one's voluntary control." While some feel more comfortable calling this a sugar "sensitivity," Kathleen DesMaisons, PhD, author of several books including
The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Program (Ballantine) and the head of Radiant Recovery, a treatment program for recovering addicts including those hooked on sugar, says it is more complicated than that. Though less obviously destructive, she says emphatically that sugar has biochemical pathways, much the same as alcohol, nicotine or drugs, all of which we know can produce addiction. In addition, Dr. DesMaisons says that excessive sugar is harmful to your health, due to sugar's association with inflammation in the body, along with numerous diseases. SUGAR ADDICTION DEFINED: MORE THAN A SWEET TOOTHSugar addiction is not the same as enjoying desserts or an occasional afternoon sweet. What distinguishes sugar addicts is a lack (perhaps even inheritable) of the ability to walk away from sweet treats. Dr. DesMaisons, explained that non-addicted people -- those who do not have the sugar sensitivity that sets them up for a sugar addiction -- enjoy desserts, sodas and candy with a take-it-or-leave-it attitude. If they see they are consuming too many sugary foods, they simply cut back. Sugar addicts are amazed at this attitude and ability, she says, because they can't relate to either of them in the least. They, too, may vow to forego sweets but within days they discover they can't say no. Literally finding themselves in physical withdrawal, they "give in" to sugar. Not only does it please their taste buds, sugar can act as a drug to heighten beta-endorphin levels in the brain. This is a "feel-good" opioid peptide neurotransmitter that the body uses to dull pain and enhance the body's sense of well-being. And, though it's normal to have a rebound effect after a high-sugar snack, becoming edgy when blood glucose levels once again drop, in addicted people the rebound effect is much more dramatic. Dr. DesMaisons described how, when the beta-endorphin levels crash, the sugar-addicted person ends up feeling awful both physically and emotionally. This includes feelings of low esteem or inadequacy, often followed by the powerful impulse to reach for more sugar. According to Dr. DesMaisons, addicted people will spend their time in meetings thinking not about the business agenda but getting to that soda or candy bar they feel they must have.
Not surprisingly, many sugar addicts are overweight, says Dr. DesMaisons. She believes that most people who are heavy are likely sugar-addicted. Which comes first -- the addiction or the excess weight? They actually seem to work together, she says. Andrew L. Rubman, ND, suggests that it's very likely that the distortion of assorted biochemical processes in the body associated with obesity makes overweight individuals even more vulnerable to sugar addiction. However, Dr. DesMaisons adds that people of normal weight can also be sugar-addicted, and -- most importantly -- no matter what the scale says, all sugar addicts put their health at risk. By pouring so much sugar into their systems, they frequently end up with high blood glucose levels, a condition that can lead eventually to diabetes in susceptible people. Not to mention the psychological cost of being addicted -- it can be horrible to feel so out of control and driven by a desire for something outside of yourself.TAMING THE BEASTSugar addiction can be overcome, but not simply by making promises to yourself. The healing process consists of stabilizing your blood sugar while you make slow and planned changes to your lifestyle. Dr. DesMaisons advises not going cold turkey -- it won't work. She offers these strategies, as integral components of the healing process... Eat three meals a day, including breakfast, every day, on a regular schedule. At every meal, be sure to have protein and some complex carbs -- vegetables and whole-grain products.As you feel more stable, wean yourself from sugary foods including ice cream, cookies, pastries and all those really gooey, sugar-rich foods. Also target beverages with high fructose corn syrup, an insidious type of sugar. They may destabilize glucose metabolism.Avoid snacking. If you must eat between meals, stay away from sugar. Similarly, do not eat refined and processed complex carbohydrates such as white breads, bagels and other baked goods, as they can cause reactions in the body similar to sugar in a sugar sensitive person.
Do not drink soda, including diet soda. In fact, do not consume any artificial sweeteners in foods or drinks, because their sweet taste actually triggers a desire for more sweets in some, since it may not satisfy the body. Check labels for all ingredients ending in the letters "ose." If there are several, avoid this food -- even if they are listed at the end.Avoid all alcohol. Alcohol is metabolized immediately through the stomach wall. Alcohol and sugar activate the same neurochemicals. Also, beer and wine are made from sugars. Changing your diet can help with this task and make it easier.Exercise regularly. Do whatever kind you like best, but do it almost every day. In addition to being healthy and burning calories, exercise releases beta-endorphins, which is the natural and healthy way to access the neuro-transmitters that lead to that wonderful sense of well-being we all crave. The healing process is not, as Dr. DesMaisons points out, a quick fix. You'll need to follow this regimen for several months to finally overcome your sugar addiction. If you occasionally fall off the wagon, get back on. These slip-ups are part of the learning process that will lead ultimately to ownership of your new skill -- how to live sugar- and addiction-free.
Breaking the Link Between Poverty and obesity
It's not easy being healthy and fit in America, and for those in lower income groups, staying fit is a huge challenge. Research shows that in the United States, minorities and the poor have higher rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Among women, higher obesity rates tend to be associated with both low income and lower education. (The relationship between obesity and income is a little murkier with men for no known reason.) A casual observer could be forgiven for reaching the conclusion that poverty causes obesity. But the truth is a lot more complicated. There are some good reasons why the link between poverty and obesity is so strong -- not the least of which is the fact that poverty is also generally accompanied by the low cost of high-calorie foods containing high amounts of fat and sugar.
"Obesity is a political and social problem," says Mark Hyman, MD. "There's a medical-industrial complex designed to keep people sick and fat," Dr. Hyman told me. "We're spending billions of dollars a year subsidizing soybean and corn production, some of which winds up in our food supply as high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated soybean oil." High fructose corn syrup is a main sweetener in many foods and is found in high-caloric processed foods and sweetened beverages... hydrogenated soybean oil is a source of trans-fats. Both are among the cheapest source of calories on earth.
Indeed, research presented at the Institute of Food and Technologists Summit Conference by obesity expert Adam Drewnowski, PhD, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition, has shown that in terms of cost per calorie, it's much cheaper to eat sugar, refined grains and fat than it is vegetables, fruits and fish. (One startling statistic: At world prices, sugar provides 20,000 calories per dollar and the economic cost of gaining one pound of body weight from sugar, fats and oils is only 12 cents!) "When our government helps pay for these foods, well of course they're cheaper," exclaims Dr. Hyman.
The abundance of cheap, unhealthy food and a population who is not educated about nutrition, certainly doesn't make it easier to avoid health problems like obesity when you're poor, especially considering that many low-income people in America feed their entire family on close to $25 a week per person. Yet if cheap food was the whole explanation for the obesity crisis, how does one explain the puzzling fact that all socioeconomic groups, including the wealthy and the educated, are getting more obese, not just the poor? While poverty certainly doesn't make it easy to avoid obesity, it's also not the sole cause of it.
Here are some of Dr. Hyman's suggestions...
- Seek out shopping clubs. "You have to know how to hunt and forage in a different way," said Dr. Hyman. "Costco, wholesale shopping clubs, even Wal-Mart, can be a great source for inexpensive food. Trader Joe's is also a terrific resource."
- Join a food co-op. Food co-ops are usually local stores that offer the ability to buy food at just above wholesale when bought in bulk. "Buying wholesale let's you get a lot more nutritional bang for your buck," explained Dr. Hyman.
- Become educated. "Beans and whole grains are very cheap, and can be a great source of nutrition and protein. Sardines are one of the best foods on the planet -- loaded with protein and healthy omega-3 oils -- and they're very cheap."
- Make an effort. "Eating healthy does take more planning," says Dr. Hyman, "and may require you to find new places to hunt and gather for your family. You may have to reorder your priorities of where you spend your money and your time to make healthier choices."
- Exercise Regularly. Regular exercise will help lower your weight and send you on a path to better health.
The secret to achieving your new year's resolution
With the New Year upon us, millions of people will be setting fitness goals as their resolution. Research has shown that only 10% or less actually reaches their fitness goals. But the good news is that you can every time you exercise. This is how.
For beginners, when you first start your fitness routine, do the best you can and mark your best for that day. For instance. If you use the treadmill on your first day, may a log of time and distance for that day. This is your first bench mark. On the second day do between 1 and 5% more. This way you will improve every time you use the treadmill. This improvement is daily and you are actually successful every day. No need to wait till the end of the year to say you are successful. Use this bench mark technique with all of your exercises and your improvements will be daily. Exercise for 100 days and your percentage will be between 100 and 500%. Not bad for a beginner. So if your resolution for 2007 is fitness…. BENCH MARK YOUR SUCCESS.
The best way to lose weight during the Holidays
10 Tips to survive the calorie plunge during the coming holidays.
- Extend your workouts: Workout an extra hour a week, if you know you're going to indulge in holiday eats like cake, cookies and candy, those extra calories need to be burned quickly.
- Don't over eat: Never go to a holiday party on an empty stomach. Eat something healthy before you go. Chances are the food will be rich and full of calories. If you're not hungry, you are more likely to just taste the food. Tasting is better because you can experience more dishes.
- Easy on alcohol: Avoid drinking to much alcohol. Need I say more.
- Share Food Gifts: Share the food gifts you receive at the office, and try not to take them home. You'll be spreading the holiday spirit and not your waist line.
- Lose weight NOW! If losing weight is going to be your New Years resolution, than start NOW!
- Stay on schedule: Do not substitute your healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner for holiday eats.
- No Seconds: Avoid Holiday treat leftovers, if you cook and bake make sure you share, share, and share.
- Small Portions: Cook smaller dishes for your dinner parties.
- Sub the sugar: Go for sugar substitutes like foods made with Splenda.
- Do the mall walk: When you go to the malls to shop, walk around the mall full pace at least once before you start swiping the plastic.
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The best way to use FITNESSSONGS.COM
The evolution of the music industry has been on fast forward since the introduction of digital recording and mp3 files. The fitness industry is evolving as well with computers creating better exercise machines for use to workout on. Doctors are finding and writing about synergy being a big part of our health and welfare. Balance food and nutrition, balance sleep and work, minimize stress with other fun activates and family etc. Synergy; using positive things together to create one amazing result. And while music has been a part of exercise for years, creating songs for each exercise in the gym or at home hasn’t appeared. Until now.
The best way to use fitnesssongs is to follow the songs instruction. Fitnesssongs are designed to let the customer optimize there workout by following the instruction and beat. This technique is important because when you follow the commands it forces you to do something against what your mind is telling you. When you are forced to follow in physical exercise you burn more calories per inch of movement. Reason being your mind isn’t in sync with your body. It is trying to stay in sync with the songs commands and beat. This separation between mind and body causes more effort subconsciously. Causing you to use more muscle with more control thus burning more calories per exercise. It doesn’t take a lot of weight or reps. It takes following the songs commands and beat. You should use the songs along with your workout playlist. And mix them with other songs that you want to listen to during your workout. When it is time for you to do the exercises that you have fitnesssongs to, just prepare yourself on the machine or area and press play to begin following the songs instruction and beat. On the weight machines use your experience and common since when selecting weight. The secret key to using fitnesssongs on weight machines is to finally get the exact weight that you can workout with throughout the entire song. The duration of the exercise plus the right amount of weight will give you a tremendous workout. And remember the weight should allow you to keep up with the songs tempo. If you can’t keep up with the songs tempo you are using to much weight. If you feel at the end of your first set you didn’t use enough weight add more. But use your common instinct to determine your weight. The desired results depend on how you feel after an exercise is complete. If you feel your muscles were completely exhausted, than you will probably gain muscle if you are eating high amounts of protein. If you feel your muscles were fatigued but you still have about 40 percent strength in them then you are toning not building. During your workouts you should change your routine by remixing your fitnesssongs when you are updating your workout playlist. This will give your body a chance to burn even more calories because of the absence of sequence. However you only need do this one in every 10 trips to the gym.
iPod workouts are popping up all over the web
iPod workouts are popping up all over the web, and as a personal trainer, I find
that fantastic. Finally we have a media outlet to download fitness. People can
use there ipod or Mp3 to help them with fitness issues, on the go. You can
search for your own personal iPod trainer for fitness. That’s great! And the
craze is just starting. But as a fitness professional, I am hoping that not
just people who will workout anyway are using this exciting convenience but
people who need help getting started, people who need personal trainers but
can’t afford them. People who need encouragement. People who need more
knowledge to help them lose weight. People who need someone walking them
through a program in the gym or at home. With these iPod fitness routines you
can. iPod workouts let you workout, not sit down and read about how to
workout. Just download and go. That’s movement, the ingredient to burning
calories. Not spending hours figuring out how to use a program. Just download
and go to the gym. That’s it! Lets go America, workout with your Mp3 or ipod, call it fitnesssongs or
Podfitness or ipod workouts, what ever name you give it, it gives you a reason
to “Just workout”
How do iPod workouts WORK?
When a friend told me about personal training on an iPod player I actually laughed. Why would anyone want to listen to someone telling them what to do, and how could you tell them what to do and not be there? This is impossible. So being the personal trainer that I am I had to sample it. And being the do it yourself guy that I am, I made a few demo files and uploaded them to my Mp3 player. So I created the Treadmill Burner 30 minute workout and the elliptical calorie cruncher for my cardio workout. For my weight lifting routine The Lat pulldown, the chest press, the smith machine squat and the leg press machine, all are between 6 and 7 minutes long. So that gave me about 90 minutes of exercise to take to the gym with me. Since I use windows I had to save the file as Mp3 and then add it to my windows media player library, I also have an iPod, so I had to save it on my iTunes as well. The process was really easy. The hard part was making the music and compressing the files. I saved them at 128 BPM and 96 BPM for the cardio (larger files). The files totaled around 45 MB. Kinda large but wanted to maintain near CD quality. So I went to the Gym, stepped on the treadmill put my earphones on pressed play and started the treadmill. My intro informed me what I was about to do. Then I followed the voice instructions. Oh yea, my voice. After 30 minute of treadmill work I must say I was impressed with the workout. Reason being, I had to listen to the commands. It forced me to do that workout. And because I had to follow the commands it felt like I burned more calories in that 30 min workout. But my workout wasn’t over. I had to do the weights. So off to the smith machine I go. By the way I decided to mix a favorite song in between each exercise 2 for the cardio. So by the time I was ready for the smith machine the iPod workout song started. Once again I followed the instructions and using less weight than I normally use still had a really good exercise. I believe because I couldn’t listen to myself. I had to listen to the iPod workout voice. Not only that, but when I recorded the Mp3 files I made the actual sets count to the beat of the songs, a workout cadence so to speak. So I had to move to the count of the song, with forced my body to be more controlled during the movements. I felt complete muscular fatigue. So I’m sure you get the picture about the rest of my workout. Needless to say I was wrong. Really wrong about this iPod workout craze. I’m sold! Also most Gyms have the same Basic Exercise equipment, just different makers or brands. So this can work for anybody. Maybe the advice for me is to listen to my friends. And my advice to others, listen to your iPod. Thanks Marc. You can find my Mp3 files at fitnesssongs.com
iPod workout cadence walking.
For centuries the armed forces and other military organizations have implemented structured walking or marching, for organization and demonstration of power and might. This form of walking involves a group of people walking to a cadence being given by the group leader. Because of that cadence, the walk or, march, is usually higher in physical intensity than a normal walk. The result is more calories burned. If you want to use walking for your cardio exercise, and would like to burn more calories than a normal walk, you could join the army. But for those of us who would prefer to just live our normal lives and get the results from cadence walking there is a simpler solution. On solution is group walking with a leader give you a pace cadence to follow. A pace cadence is a voice command that instructs you to do something in a timed sequence or rhythm. This cadence causes the body to burn more calories because you have to mentally listen and physically respond to that command, similar to aerobic classes. If you just want to create that effect without a group. You can listen to music with a curtain beat per minute or get aerobic music that has adjustable beats per minute. Web sites like fitnesssongs.com, offer cadence command music for walking, treadmill use and elliptical exercising. With this added feature to your walk. You are sure to burn two to four hundred more calories than you would walking without cadence command.
The big Mistake Shingles Sufferers Make
If you have ever had chicken pox—and 95% of Americans have—you are at risk for the blistering rash and severe pain of shingles.
People who get shingles are often tempted to wait for the problem to clear up on its own. But waiting is the worst thing you can do. Without prompt treatment with antiviral medication shingles pain may become chronic.
University of California virologist Dr. Michael N. Oxman was asked all about shingles.
What is shingles, and who gets it? Shingles is a disease of skin and verves caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (VZV)—the same virus that causes chicken pox.
After a bout of chicken pox, the virus doesn’t leave the body. It travels up sensory nerve fibers from the skin and establishes latent (dormant) infections in sensory ganglia that last for the rest of an individual’s life.
We don’t yet know what causes reactivation. We do know that shingles occurs most frequently in people with reduced immunity—individuals taking corticosteroids or immunosuppressant drugs….undergoing chemotherapy…or suffering from HIV infection.
In some cases, shingles may even be triggered by psychological stress.
Shingles is especially common among people over 50—presumably because immunity declines with age. Among people who live to 85, half will get the disease.
Is shingles contagious? You can’t get shingles unless you’ve had chicken pox—and you can’t catch shingles from someone who has shingles. However, if you’ve never had chicken pox, you can catch chicken pox from a shingles sufferer.
The shingles virus is similar to herpes simplex virus, which causes genital herpes. Unlike herpes simplex virus, however, VZV is not transmitted through sexual contact.
What are the symptoms? Shingles usually begins with pain on one side of the body—typically on the trunk or around the eye.
The pain—often quite intense—is caused by inflammation created as the virus reproduces within nerve tissue. Pain is generally followed by a rash in the same area one to three days later.
Until the telltale rash appears, shingles is notoriously hard to diagnose. Depending on where the pain is, shingles can resemble a heart attack…gall bladder attack…appendicitis…kidney stone…or a ruptured spinal disk. Shingles can even be mistaken for glaucoma, if the eye is affected.
Once your doctor has ruled out these ailments, keep a close watch for the rash. It’s essential to begin treatment as soon as the rash appears.
If treatment isn’t started quickly, the virus may spread to other nerve cells. This can cause muscle weakness, hearing loss or other complications.
Most common complication: chronic pain. Some patients with this disorder—called post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN)—are so sensitive that even the pressure of clothing on the skin can cause excruciating pain.
How is shingles treated? Until a few years ago, there was no treatment. Then it was found that the antiviral drug acyclovir (Zovirax) was effective. But acyclovir must be taken in very high oral doses—or injected.
Some doctors used to prescribe steroids along with acyclovir. The thinking was that by reducing inflammation, steroids might prevent PHN.
Studies have shown that steroids do not prevent PHN. Moreover, they can lead to stomach ulcers and raise blood pressure.
Better: two new antivirals, famciclovir (famvir) and valacyclovir (Valtrex), are more easily absorbed than acyclovir…and these are far more effective.
What about controlling the pain? Aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen may be enough in some cases. For severe acute pain, doctors should prescribe codeine or another narcotic.
What if the pain becomes chronic? Consult a doctor who specializes in pain management. Tricyclic antidepressants—prescribed at lower doses than for depression—are effective in 60% to 70% of patients with PHN/
Some patients appear to get relief from alternative treatments such as acupuncture or electrical stimulation.
Fix for Foot Pain
As usual you get out of bed in the morning... and then something very unusual happens -- a knife-like pain stabs the bottom of your heel. This is not normal, you think, and it hurts. The cause may be plantar fasciitis (pronounced fashee-EYE-tiss). While the condition sometimes comes on gradually, it can also start suddenly, for no apparent reason. But whether chronic or acute, plantar fasciitis can cause excruciating pain.
According to Arnold S. Ravick, DPM, spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association and a podiatrist in private practice in Washington, DC, plantar fasciitis is complicated and involves a number of factors, all of which must be addressed, making it especially tricky to treat.
GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF PLANTAR FASCIITIS
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs from the heel to the toes, covering the bones making up the bottom of the foot. Normally the fascia helps absorb shocks to the foot and also supports the arch, but if something causes it to tighten up, small tears can develop causing inflammation and irritation. Stretching may ease the pain but prolonged stillness, as in sleep, causes the fascia to constrict again -- this is why it hurts when you take your first few steps each day. Some principal causes of plantar fasciitis are physical exertion such as long-distance running, having a job that keeps you on your feet, being overweight, having flat feet or an unusually high arch, and just getting older, if you're one of those in whom the fascia begins to shorten or tighten, thereby putting pressure on the fascia. Dr. Ravick says plantar fasciitis can also develop from an incorrect gait, in particular a pronated one (turning in), but an injury might also alter a previously good gait and end up overstressing the bottom of the foot.
Unfortunately, once it develops, plantar fasciitis can last as long as nine months to a year. He says pain in your heel or elsewhere on the bottom of the foot, including at the center, should alert you to possible plantar fasciitis -- especially if it goes on a month or longer and continues to worsen. Don't put off seeking treatment, as the sooner you get started, the faster your heel will heal.
If plantar fasciitis is diagnosed, the first step will likely be taping the foot for several days to partially immobilize the muscles and lessen the cycle of tightening and loosening, says Dr. Ravick. Patients should avoid stretching at first, and then once told to do so, begin stretching the arch, toes and Achilles tendon, a regimen they'll need to follow faithfully for many months, even after symptoms subside. Keep weight off the foot by limiting how much you walk, and eliminating all high-impact activity including running. And most will also need some kind of support in both their shoes. The inexpensive inserts available at drugstores can work if they are arch-supportive and rigid, unless your problem is caused by an incorrect gait, says Dr. Ravick. Gait issues must be corrected with special customized orthotic inserts, available through podiatrists. Another treatment approach sometimes used is a special foot/ankle splint, to be worn at night to stretch out the fascia and Achilles tendon. Although simple versions of these are available from foot-specialty retailers, it is best to seek professional evaluation and fitting through a licensed provider since optimal timing for their use varies from patient to patient.
For pain relief, Dr. Ravick advises NSAIDs and applying heat on the affected area. Interestingly, he disagrees with conventional advice to use ice -- he says doing so further tightens the fascia. While doctors will sometimes recommend a cortisone shot to alleviate severe pain, it's best as part of an overall treatment plan, since this might serve to weaken the fascia. Though surgery can be an option, it's seldom necessary, unless there are special issues, such as bone spurs. Some doctors are experimenting with new and different treatments, including shock wave therapies and endoscopic surgery. Naturopathic physicians also have expertise in treating this problem naturally, with a wide range of alternatives including hot/cold treatments, anti-inflammatory botanicals, supplements, phonophoresis (a way of delivering treatment via ultrasound) and more. Physical therapy can be helpful too.
While about 15% of people will have an ongoing problem with plantar fasciitis, Dr. Ravick has strategies to help avoid recurrence -- and, better yet, to help avoid the problem in the first place.
Wear proper shoes. They should not be too thin (the ever-popular flip-flops are not a good choice, nor are lightweight ballet slippers) but rather should provide good arch support and shock absorbency. Heels can actually be helpful (women, take heed) though should be no higher than three inches. It's also a good idea to vary the height of your heels daily.
Replace athletic shoes often. Be aware that wear first appears on the inside of the shoe, so know that you can be losing important support even if your sole looks fine. Buy supportive shoes. Dr. Ravick advises the "fold test," meaning if a shoe folds or bends more than just a little, look for a different pair.
Stretch your feet regularly. Dr. Ravick suggests walking around on your tip-toes for five minutes, three times a week -- or walk around your bed on your toes several times each night before you go to sleep. Also stretch your calf muscles and Achilles tendons before you get out of bed in the morning.
Maintain a normal weight. There has been a rapid increase in cases of plantar fasciitis, which correlates neatly with increasing obesity rates in this country, notes Dr. Ravick.
Put your feet up. Moments of relaxation throughout the day go far for both your feet and state of mind. Elevate both, whenever you can.