Today's Small Change: Start off on the right foot.
Choose the Right Shoes
Walking regularly is one of the cornerstones of most fitness programs. A great thing about walking is that you need a minimum of equipment to be able to do it. One item you shouldn't skimp on, though, is a good pair of walking shoes. If your sneakers are falling apart, or if all you've got in your closet are high heels, it's time to invest in a new pair.
Walking shoes are designed to support your feet and minimize jarring, and they're well worth the investment. Look for shoes that fit comfortably, leaving a half inch or so in the toe box between the end of your foot and the shoe itself. They shouldn't pinch your heels or be so loose that your foot moves freely as you step. If you have high arches or flat feet, you'll want to select a shoe designed for your type of foot.
Your best option is to buy a new pair of shoes at a specialty shoe shop or a fitness store. You may spend a little more than you would by grabbing a pair at your local superstore, but you're also more likely to get a pair of shoes that fit your type of foot. Your salesperson may want to look at your feet and the wear patterns of the shoes you're wearing to determine what type of shoe will be best for you. He or she may also ask how often you walk, on what surfaces, and for what distances.
If your budget allows, plan to spend $60 to $90 on a good pair of walking shoes. When shopping for shoes, wear the same size and thickness of sock that you plan to wear with the shoes during your walks. You should also plan your shopping trip for the afternoon or evening, since feet swell as the day goes on as well as after exercise.
Realize the power of thought. It is a gift from God.
Use it well.
This is the responsibility of thought - to choose wisely.
This is the power of thought - to create what is.
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