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AboutWhitney M. Cole, certified personal trainer, Pilates practitioner and nutrition counselor is your triple-threat in the fight against fat! She inspires clients to achieve their fitness potential developing no-fail total-body conditioning and diet plans, locally in Los Angeles and virtually at www.whitneymcole.com. Whitney's approach is realistic, often comedic, and her contagious passion for health radiates from the videos, articles and recipes in the FITNESS AND FUEL Blog and features in Shape, Fitness, Men's Journal, US Weekly, In Touch, Livestrong.com and other national media.
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As bi-peds our feet are the only body part that consistently comes in contact with the ground. Lacing up the proper training shoes is key to getting the chiseled bod you want without injury. Like the tires on a car, ill-fitting shoes with worn out tread or internal support can result in slips and skids, as well as unneeded strain to the ankles, knees and hips.
Before you shop, consider the activities you'll engage in wearing these shoes. While a standard weight workout in a gym requires less support, running, jumping and many outdoor activities demand more. Additionally, uneven and hard surfaces like concrete and asphalt affect stabilization and more aggressively erode soles. Thus, many trail running and outdoor sport shoes are crafted with wider, more durable, deeper treads. Clearly for turf sports like soccer, football, golf, etc., seek a sport-specific cleat to keep you grounded.
While a person with normal arches can focus entirely on selecting a shoe appropriate for the activity, at least half of us have either high arches or flat feet. Both conditions affect pronation, or how the foot hits, absorbs impact and propels forward, normally rolling from the outer to the inner edge. Exercising and even basic daily activities are more painful and potentially dangerous with either condition, but are largely correctable. For substantial ankle, knee, or low back pain, see a podiatrist, get fitted for orthotic insoles and bring insoles shoe shopping. A high end fitness ... Continue
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