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There is something about this time of year that makes me stop and reflect on all of the changes that have happened in the last 12 months. It was this time last year that I officially hung up my running shoes after completing more than 2 dozen races the year before. While I may have hung up my running shoes for races, I have still made a conscious effort to get in 10,000 steps per day – even though I work from home. It has been a bit of a challenge some days, both mentally and physically. And while I know it is best for my health in the long run, foot pain has been keeping me from achieving my daily goal.
Even just the minimum amount of steps has often led to me dealing with tired, achy feet at night, and since hockey season has begun again I find myself having lower back pain as well. It has been frustrating and disheartening to not be able to make my goal each day. Knowing that I am just starting to get in the “crazy season” with my businesses – which loosely translates into about 80 zillion steps and eleventy billion hours on my feet – I knew I had to start now if my poor little feet were going to make it through the season.
Recently I had a chance to team up with Dr. Scholl’s® to try their Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts. Now, truth be told I had heard about these a long time ago by my father who has struggled with knee and lower back pain. He has raved about what a huge difference they made for him, so I headed down to my local Walmart to try the Dr. Scholl's kiosk out myself.
The Dr. Scholl's kiosk is located right in the Walmart Pharmacy and takes just a few short minutes to discover which of the Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts are perfect for you. The kiosk uses Footmapping® technology to measure your arch, foot length, and unique pressure points with 2,200 pressure sensors! How cool is that!?
All you have to do is step on, and then the touch screen computer walks you through a couple steps to create your very own unique map of your feet. You perform just a couple simple tasks – like leaning forward on the ball of one foot while holding on to the easy built in grips right on the machine while the pad on the bottom measures your foot during each movement. The Dr. Scholl’s® kiosk then evaluates all of that data and recommends which of their Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts will best fit your needs to give you the ultimate comfort.
Based on my specific Footmap, the kiosk suggested I get the CF310 – which was available right there attached to the kiosk. Talk about easy. It took me less than 3 minutes from start to finish and I was out the door and on my way to happier feet.
Once I got home I immediately put my new Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts into my favorite pair of tennis shoes. Custom Fit® Orthotics are comprised of 4 layers but are still thin enough to easily fit into all of your favorite shoes – I even put them in my boots! Each layer is designed to help provide support and cushioning, to immediately relieve foot and lower body pain and provide you with all-day comfort. Immediately I could feel a difference in the support of my arch as well as the cushion around my heel – which is where I most often felt pain.
I have only been wearing my Custom Fit® Orthotics for a couple of days but I can already tell a huge difference in how my feet feel at the end of the day – especially when I have hit my 10,000 step goal! I have also noticed my lower back does not hurt near as bad either – talk about a win-win.
If you are experiencing tired, achy feet, knee pain or even lower back pain, run by your local Walmart and check out the Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts.
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Working from home has its own set of challenges – and one of them is making sure to get the recommended 10,000 steps per day. If you are looking for ways to increase your step count and make it to 10,000 steps each day, here are a few tips that have helped me along the way.
Pace While On The Phone
Instead of sitting at your desk during conference calls and one-on-ones, get up and pace your hallway or home office. You will mindlessly be getting in steps while your focus is on the phone call.
Choose Walking Over Driving
What is your home office close to? Is the post office near by? Maybe the grocery store? Instead of hopping in your car for those super quick trips, lace up your tennis shoes and get some steps in.
Set a Timer
Many Smart Watches have activity reminder notifications that will tell you if you have been sedentary too long – but I still suggest setting a timer to remind you to get up and walk around. I have also used an app that reminds me to drink more water – and I know every time it goes off that I need to walk to the kitchen to refill my glass. These little mini “walk and water” breaks can add up quickly!
Take a REAL Lunch Break… and Go For A Walk
Chances are you have been sitting all morning… you do not need to sit down for lunch! Resolve to taking a true lunch break and hit the pavement while listening to your favorite playlist or podcast. You will be amazed at how fast 30 minutes – and several thousand steps – will go by!
Park in the Very Last Parking Space
Working from home doesn’t mean that you NEVER leave – so when you do go out, start parking as far away as you can. You have probably parked a ways away from the entrance before – but have you ever sought out the absolute last spot in the lot?
Take the Stairs
Instead of standing still in an elevator or on an escalator – opt for taking the stairs up and down to your destination. Not only will you get the steps from the actual stairs – but often times the stairs are further away – bonus steps!
Get A Challenge Buddy
Nothing is more motivating than someone holding you accountable – so team up with a bestie for a challenge to “out step” each other. You can take your friendly competition one step further and have a prize at the end of the challenge!
Whether you make it to your goal of 10,000 steps every day or not, these are great habits to help you increase you step count on a daily basis. And if you ever experience foot pain, knee pain or even lower back pain, check out your local Walmart and let Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotics help you stay on your feet comfortably!