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How I Found the Best Walking Shoes!!

A few months ago I was walking with a friend of mine, enjoying our nightly walk around town, when the inside of my shoe started to come apart. The spring on the inside of the shoe had poked all the way through the padding that was suppose to support my foot and dug itself a nice hole right into my heel. While that part was definitely painful, I realized how painful it was to my bank account as well. That was the third pair of walking shoes that I had purchased in a six month period. Enough was enough! So I set out to find the best walking shoes that would hold up longer than a couple of months and would be worth the price I was willing to invest.

Features That I was Looking for

I knew that purchasing a good walking shoe was more than just trying it on once and taking it home. There are certain features that I needed and wanted to keep my feet protected while hitting the pavement. Those features were:

  • Wide toes, so that my toes wouldn’t feel pinched inside of the shoe
  • Must have enough room that my big toe isn’t touching the end
  • Flexibility in the body of the shoe itself
  • Enough cushioning for my high arch
  • Made of high quality materials and can handle daily walking without falling apart

So I hit the street and went to every shoe store I could find. I tried on multiple types and sizes of shoes. These were the top 3 shoes that I felt made the cut:

Skechers Performance Women’s Go Walk 3 Slip-On Walking Shoe

These shoes were probably the most comfortable walking shoes that I had ever tried on. My favorite thing about them is that they are easy to pull on. So when I want to go for a quick walk I don’t have to concern myself too much with making sure the laces are perfect length or tight enough. They just slip right on.

Other features that I love:

  • Added support to the heel
  • An amazing comfort fit midsole. It almost felt like I was walking on a cloud.
  • This shoe is incredibly flexible, allowing for natural walking movement and stretching
  • It’s stretchy, so my foot continues to stay comfortably fitted in the shoe even if my feet swell
  • The foam cushion inside is absolutely amazing, again, just like walking on a cloud

Overall, this is a great walking shoe. Very easy to put on and stays well fitting due to the amazing stretch and high-quality. I would definitely give this shoe a five out of five star rating.

Reebok Men’s Cloudride Dmx Walking Shoe

The Reebok Men’s Cloudride DMX Walking Shoe was an absolute good fit from the word “go”. My favorite feature of these shoes was the flexible grooves on the forefoot of the shoe. It allowed my foot to move in a natural walking motion and allowed me to stretch my feet after walking.

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Other features that I love:

  • A lot of toe room to prevent smooshing together of my toes
  • Because of the added support I was able to walk for longer periods of time while alleviating back and knee discomfort that I would occasionally have from walking too long
  • Extra cushioning on the inside for continuous comfort and support
  • Soles are a soft rubber that really grip the road as I’m walking

This walking shoe did wonders for my back and knee pain, an issue that I didn’t even know I had until I wore these shoes and the pain went away. I was able to walk for longer periods of time and loved how the rubber gripped the road as I was walking. I never once felt an odd slip and the gripping helped me to pick up speed. Overall, a fantastic walking shoe. I would give it five out of five stars.

RYKA Women’s Radiant Plus Walking Shoe

I really loved these shoes. The best feature on them is that they were comfortable straight out of the box. I didn’t have to spend periods of time trying to break them in or waiting for blisters to heal. They were comfortable from day one and I never noticed them losing their comfort at all.

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Other features that I love:

  • The padded tongue never made my feet feel as if they were suffocating, as can happen when my feet start to swell
  • Outsole is made with an awesome gripping rubber that kept my grip and stability going all day, which helped me increase my speed and endurance
  • The midsole and internal cushioning is amazing, my feet felt incredibly supported the entire time that I was walking
  • Shock absorption was also fantastic. There were times that my foot came down hard on the cement and I never felt it reverberating into my back or knees.

This was another great shoe. I loved pretty much everything about it, especially the shock absorption and the fact that I didn’t have to break it in. It could be part of the list of Best shoes for being on your feet all day. I would give it five out of five stars.

Final Verdict

It is hard for me to choose between the three best walking shoes that I found, but if I had to do it I would say that the Sketchers were my favorite. They were such a basic and easy to put on shoe and the added comfort and support really made them the best of the best, and that’s how I found the best walking shoes!!

My next project: to search for running shoes for flat feet as well as the best insoles for flat feet. Wish me luck!

Here’s How I Stay Motivated to Work Out

Have you decided it’s time to start working out? You’ve taken the steps to start a new workout program but then suddenly you stopped. Is this you? If so you’re not the only one who has decided it’s time to start working out and then suddenly quit your program. People often quit for various reasons. Sometimes people are impatient and don’t see the results they want fast enough. While others simply get bored with the workout program they have started. Whatever your reason may be, here are some tips that will help you become motivated and stay motivated.

You must have a goal

Set a goal that is attainable. Once you have reached that goal you can set more goals. If you set goals that you cannot reach your motivation will suffer.

If you are new to working out you should set small goals that are realistic to your fitness level. At a beginners level you could start by walking for 10 minutes a day at least 5 times a week depending on your schedule. Once you have reached that goal you can move onto the next level of walking for 30 minutes a day at 5 times a week. After you have accomplished that and you feel comfortable you are now ready to move onto the next level such as walking a 5K.

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Excitement is Important

Change up your routine a little bit. Look for different activities that you enjoy that will keep you excited. If you are finding that there is something about your workout that you don’t enjoy try something new. You could try softball, ballroom dancing, martial arts, and volleyball. If you are not happy with the fitness club you have joined explore a new one. The key is to find what makes you happy and keeps you excited. You may find that you are talented in one of those areas.

Make working out part of your schedule

A lot of people are pressed for time and will often say they don’t have time to work out. Working out should be part of your daily schedule it is just as important as any other activity you do throughout your day.

If you find that you don’t have the time to work out one day you could climb stairs instead of taking the elevator. If you are busy with your children’s schedule such as their sports games you can walk around while watching their game instead of sitting. If the weather is bad and you can’t get out you can workout at home on a stationary bike while watching your favorite TV show.

Write your goals down

Is your goal to improve energy levels? Is your goal to tone up and lose weight? Are you working on managing pain or wanting to sleep better at night? You should be writing these goals down.

Not only should you be writing your goals down but you should also be logging your progress. If you keep a record of what you are accomplishing this will keep you motivated. You will be able to find out what is working and what is not working. This will help you reach your goal and make improvements.

Include friends, colleagues, family, and neighbors

The best way to accomplish a goal is to include others. You don’t have to do it alone. You can work out with a friend, a neighbor, your colleagues, your partner, or a family member. You can play sports with your children. You can take a fitness class with your friends or neighbors.

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Give yourself a reward

Every time you work out you should give yourself a reward afterwards. You should be proud of what you have accomplished each day and reward yourself for the effort. This will keep you motivated to continue on your path.

Make adjustments, be flexible, and be patient

Some days things will come up and you won’t be able to work out. Some days you will not feel like working out. Sometimes you will just need a break. No matter what your reason it’s ok to take a break. You can take one day off or a few days off. Just remember to make sure you get back to working out as soon as possible.

Alright you have found your motivation once again. It’s now time to start working out! Remember to be patient, set goals, keep it exciting, and reward yourself each time you accomplish a goal. Being physically fit will improve your life. If ever you feel that you are lacking motivation please go over these tips. They will keep you on track.

 

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress for Your Body!

Getting married will be one of the most important events in your life. It is imperative for you to take measures that will help you find your dream dress. You can begin by trying on wedding gowns that will be ideal for your shape. Let’s take a close look at several tips on how to choose the perfect wedding dress for your body!

Ball Gown

The Ball Gown has one distinguished feature that cannot be found in other wedding dresses. It has a full skirt! If you look closely, you will notice that the silhouette has a fitted bodice and is perfectly cinched at the natural waist.

Suited For: The Ball Gown is ideal for brides who want to showcase their hourglass figure on their wedding day.

Not Suited For: Petite brides should avoid this gown at all costs.

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Mermaid

The Mermaid is highlighted by a slim, tapered, skirt that is designed to show the curves. The skirt follows the hips and thighs as it flares out below the knees.

Suited For: The Mermaid is perfect for brides with hourglass figures.

Not Suited For: Brides should avoid the Mermaid if they do not want to wear a dress that will restrict their movement.

Column

The Column has a unique style that highlights the body’s natural line. It is imperative to point out that it doesn’t flare out! In some instances, the Column is referred to as a “Sheath”.

Suited For: This dress is great for small women and women with sleek figures. The shape of this dress adds length.

Not Suited For: Women with a pear shape (small on the top and well-rounded at the bottom) should avoid this dress at all costs! You will look unbalanced if you decide to wear this dress on one of the most important days of your life.

Drop Waist

This silhouette drops and flares out below the waistline around the hip area.

Suited For: Brides who want to show off their impressive mid-section and shape. This dress will hug your waistline and hips.

Not Suited For: Brides with boxy figures should not choose this dress. It will make them look like they have fewer curves.

A-Line

This dress is narrow at the top and extends along the body in the shape of an A.

Suited For: This dress is ideal for all body types. This is the primary reason why it is one of the most popular wedding dress styles.

Not Suited For: This dress is not for brides looking for something sexy.

Trumpet

The Trumpet is a straight-lined skirt that slightly flares from the knee toward the hem in the form of a trumpet.

Suited For: Curvy brides who are looking for a form fitting dress that will allow them to move around with ease.

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Not Suited For: Brides with an apple or boxy body shape. This dress may not be the best choice for brides who are not comfortable with showing off their shape