Monday, April 19, 2010

These Shoes Were Made for Walking

Walking can nourish the cardiovascular system, improve brain function, reduce stress, and strengthen muscles large and small. But not if the foundation of the gait, that is your shoes, isn’t up to the task.

Improper shoes create muscle tension and inhibit your stride and its effect throughout the body. How do you choose the right shoe?

Karin Edwards, a Rolfer from Portland, has written an excellent article with four simple tips for choosing shoes. They should be flexible and lightweight so you can feel the ground through the soles, with a neutral heel and wide toe box. For more details on shoes and how to walk once you’ve found the right pair, read the entire article on her website.

Give your feet the freedom of shoes that allow their full potential, then each step can spread from toe to head.

1 comment:

portlandrolfer said...

Thank you for linking to my article on healthy footwear! That is quite a compliment. The article is a light 2-page read, aimed for the general public. I just revised it and I think it's improved, so you might take another look. Thanks again!!
-Karin Edwards, Certified Rolfer