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Downright quotable:

"The benefits from exercise are especially important as we age, to keep from rotting."

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Thanks for sharing your exercise expertise, KRIS. You are so right about one never being too old to become athletic. The benefits from exercise are especially important as we age, to keep from rotting.

Finding the activity that takes exercise from something we "should" do to something we "want to" do makes a huge difference in motivation. Exploration is required, to find the sports or physical hobbies that we enjoy enough to look forward to doing them. Once discovered, we MAKE TIME for active participation because we love how it makes us feel. And voila! We become athletes, over time.

Before 2003, I was having major physical problems and pain. That summer I started taking tap dance classes (something I'd always wanted to do). I have since added other types of dance and exercise (ballet, hip hop, jazz, pole, pilates to the tap). I've taken weekly classes every week that studios are open for 6.5 years now.

So, I've become an athlete at age 67. I can do things that I could never have done back when I HATED exercise and refused to do it. Exercise made my pain and my need for back surgery go away. I lost a lot of weight during that first year of dance and have kept most of it off. With all of my ups and downs with food, at my worst, exercise has helped me keep more than 60 lbs off. Right now, it's a little over 70 lbs.

The benefits of exercise are MANY! And there's a way for every person to enjoy it. We just have to find our way.
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What kind of running board? Before my time, cars had running boards, that you could stand on - like in the Untouchables. emoticon

I guess we don't know the life span of the VFF's. I just like the look of them. Not for me, either (still, not a runner - just fixated on SHOES).

When I wore the MBT's that I ordered, that I think are fakes, not only did I feel it in my calves, my upper abs got sore - after only a couple of short sessions. How strange - they cause lots of muscles to move. Even when I was standing "still," there was still movement in my legs. Muscle movement = good. It was the hip joint pain that was not good.

I took the MBT's to my mom's - a few cousins had fun trying them on, but none had the right size feet. My mom asked her chiropractor about them. He said good for developing legs, but definitely not for her (age 75), and possibly not for me, either (age 58).



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Incidentally, I'm on a running board where a guy loved his VFFs ... until the stitching started tearing apart after just a few weeks.

I don't feel strongly one way or another about barefoot or barely covered running. It's not for me, but whatevs.


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Even tho I did lots of dance and ballet for years I never considered myself athletic until about 3 years ago! Now I'm 41 and doing all this stuff. It's never, ever too late to start being "athletic!"

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That's great, Kris. I saw a man in VFF's like yours yesterday. I learned what the IT band is from my Strong Knees DVD. There's a massage for it, using a tennis ball against the wall. When I did it, it was very TENDER, just like the DVD said. (Not that YOU wouldn't know this, just braggin - hey I know what that is!)

It was a similar feeling to rolling a golf ball under my feet for PF. The ball I used for the IT band is a supersize "tennis" ball, a dog's.

You're an example - all these physical problems don't mean "give up" on activity. My inclination is to STOP anything when I have any sort of problem. I'm just willing myself to be active, but with me it's still a "should." I always 'wanted' to be athletic, just wasn't. emoticon

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I've been wearing my VFF's a lot lately. I ran a race in them on Saturday and did a 5k in 28:30!

I've done several classes at the Y this week too plus the elliptical. It's been awesome!

I have PF and ITBS and NONE of it is bothering me!

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Hip joint trouble - I wore the MBT's for a little while tonight, and this started after taking them off.
Also, my upper abs. are sore, which could be good.

I posted this on the over 50 message board:

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Coming back here for one more post--I got my MBT's yesterday. I couldn't resist the online price, compared to the stores. You guessed it--they're fakes.
They were about what the Skechers Shape Ups cost, but I can tell in the details, not the real thing. It's a DUH moment, alright--still, I have the sole experience. I've only worn them a few minutes at a time, and my calves feel funny for a long time after.

I predict big popularity for them in the next few months, then fading cause they're so - different. And heavy. But I'm loving the feeling - have to wait to know long term effects.

Allan's home today and I have to show how disciplined I can be, being IRL instead of on the computer. I spent a lot of time last night loading photos - - I have more.

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Do you have a DVD with your strength training workouts?

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I like the short custom workouts, too, especially for strength training.
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I found an abridged workout (7 min) in the 'bonus features,' and a list of exercises you can choose from to design your own workout and just play those exercises. That would eliminate the problem I mentioned in my last post--having to go through the long explanations and demos every time.



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I'm "watching" the Knees DVD. There's lots of explanation and anatomy with the exercises. That's good for the first few times, but later will be a problem when I don't need the explanation and just want to go through the exercises.

I'm working on my foundation--feet, I don't know how much I can help--but knees, I know I can strengthen the leg muscles to stabilize my knees.

If you've always been active you might not need these exercises. (This 'expert' review is of the Strong Knees Workout from gaiam.com) emoticon

I never jump--even in Zumba I didn't do those steps. But in my dreams I cruise above peoples' heads. . .

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I want to jump--- 12 feet in the air, yeah, 12 feet.
Except, I don't want to land! Tee hee.

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Doesn't EVERYONE want to jump 3 feet in the air?
I can jump about HALF that high. But that's my limit.

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Thanks! I saved the link in my favorites. I think I need to tone down my kick class. The instructor gets so excited and thinks everyone is 25 years old and wants to jump 3 feet in the air.
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What would those shoes be like in a kick class (the toe shoes as I call' em) ??????????

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Jazzie, I still haven't opened my DVD, but I found this from clicking within a different fitness article (link is for knees):

https://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitn
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I emoticon my feet.

I got the Strong Knees video and haven't watched it yet. It's by a physical therapist. Oh, I mean, it's not for watching, but for doing.

That's "I 'heart' my feet." I love 'em.

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Boo- thanks so much for the info on the foot things- I think you've nailed it, and I Googled, and found a store in the area that carries them all... gotta love living in the Bay area, huh? I'm going to go buy a pair next check.
Feet- I got PF one time- man, that was painful. Horrible. I spend about an hour buying one pair of shoes any time I buy- cause, feet, just gotta love 'em. Since I'm down so much, my feet are much happier.

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Turtle, was it you who ordered the Strong Knees DVD? If so, have you tried it? Thoughts?



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foot fetishist....

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On the subject of non-cushioned running shoes, my husband got a pair of Nike Frees. He's used to Nike Vomero, very cushioned. The Free is designed to mimic barefoot running. After the soft ones, guess what--they feel HARD and not so good.

Would our feet be stronger now if we had worn hard shoes all along? I only know, it hurts to wear them now!

This is not to advertise Nike! One site I like, that describes each shoe in detail is www.runningwarehouse.com In case I get in trouble over advertising anything, I've had a good run on SP. . .

I doubt if that will happen, since I already posted everything I bought for PF on that team.

Before buying any Nikes this year, I had to research the old unfair labor practices suit I remembered. For awhile we bought New Balance, because they were made in the US, but that's not so any more. Nike's trouble was resolved. I tried all the brands on, and chose my old favorite air max soles.

Then came New York and plantar fasciitis. I was in Niketown NY, barely able to hobble around, from wearing their shoes (not a good AD for them!) but the sudden extreme walking didn't help either.

Sorry I can't make a two-sentence post about this subject! emoticon

Just remembered about the Nike Free. Not a runner.

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Dancing barefoot - Running like the wind - I didn't get any notices on this thread, either. I just came back to say, the Earth flats are too thin in the heel, but I LOVE the stretch they give my arch. I might return them and try some negative heel insoles. The store charged $20 over the MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price), anyway.

Cassies, I understand about MBT's now. I could be moving in that direction, but hope I can stop in the $100 bracket--I always want to buy more styles and colors of shoes.

This past year, I diagnosed my husband as a supinator (both spellings get the red line) and he's really happy with his new shoes. I wasn't so smart about my own diagnosis, or I wouldn't have gotten PF again emoticon . I started with a running store fitting and it got confusing. (Neutral, even wear--but with my weight and PF, motion control shoes turned out to be best.)

I should take a picture of how I spent part of the summer--with feet wrapped in elastic supports, and wearing some Walmart slippers they fit into ($13--I got every color). They also work well with any of my heel cups or insoles.

Now, I'm going to fit my various supports into my Nikes, when I'm not wearing the Brooks Beast. I had two pairs of custom orthotics from 22 years ago. I accidentally threw one of them away--one of the "sport" ones that feel good. The hard ones I have left but didn't even dig out this year. ? ? ?

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I'm a supinator (supinater?)... I wear all of my running shoes out on the outside of the soles (front). My podiatrist said he's never seen anyone with my arch type either, it starts out high and then turns flat.

I'd like to try those Vibrams, I was looking at the site posted and they look very comfortable. I know that I wouldn't be doing all of my running in them, just enough to work those foot muscles. I can also see myself walking around outside in them.

I got PF once... it was during a time when I had put on the extra 10 pounds plus my shoes were worn out. I stopped running for 2 weeks, started running again (too soon), had to stop again for 3 more weeks. Then it was gone. I found as I was recovering that I could run as long as I was running fast (less bouncing up and down). That limited me because I couldn't run nearly as long or far.

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MARE, it's either Dance Paws or Lyric Sandals. Capezio has a version called Footundeez. Bloch has one that is actually called a foot thong. They vary in price from 10 to 30 dollars. You can find them online at places like www.discountdance.com or www.onlinedance.com, just to get an idea of what each one looks like.

I have some dance paws, from when I was taking ballet, but I actually think the footundeez would be more comfortable (the dance paws are tight). My daughter likes the lyric sandals and they're actually the least expensive. And sometimes you can find used versions of all of them at local dance studios.

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When I go to Ecstatic Dance, there are people there wearing a protector on the balls of their feet- just a simple thong thingie that gives the ball of their foot protection... anybody know what those are called? (I should just ask somebody wearing them, but I ferget.) I dance barefoot most of the time, but 3 hours of dance can wear out my skin a tad....

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I live in MBT's. I have had the sandals the past 3 summers and I wear black tie shoes for work now.

I also have the hiking look shoes. I know they are expensive, but they make my whole body feel better.


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I'm wearing the closest I'll ever get to ballet flats: Earth slip-ons. They're a LOT lighter than the Earth clodhoppers of the 70's, and don't have the ugly toe-shape. It's not Walmart's Earth brand, but the Kalso one with the negative heel.

I was remembering the old ads, showing the footprint in the sand, but there's still a thick sole. The discussion made me want to try these again.

I walked around in some MBT's and some Vibrams. MBT's are $250, but I was planning to buy something, so went ahead and satisfied my curiosity. (Skechers makes something similar.) My feet are still too painful from plantar fasciitis to wear Vibrams, but it was fun trying--getting my toes into the right places.

MBT felt nice but I wouldn't consider something that expensive or strange looking. I buy things online usually, but today I had fun in the shoe store!



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Some people I know wear ballet shoes for dancing. I so wish I could; whenever I have tried my feet have ached.



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Interesting on the PF. All my time growing up and dancing, years of ballet and then jazz, ballroom, modern, etc., and not one join injury or PF. I start running in my 30's with cushioned running shoes BAM! I have PF. I get orthotics and that takes care of the PF but then I get issues with the knees. I'm tired of issues so that's why I'm trying the no cushioning like I had when I did ballet. Ballet shoes don't cushion a thing.

BTW, I wore my Vibrams Wednesday to teach my Double Step class. They did just fine, but from years and years of being in heels - even running shoes have heels - my achilles and my calves aren't stretched very well so they started feeling tight yesterday. Some nice stretching and today they feel good. In fact, I've noticed my knee pain is going away when I run. The more I do without cushioned athletic shoes the better I feel.

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My feet supinate (i blame marching band) and so I wear the inserts that you pull out the soles of the shoes and replace with. Mine are called PowerStep.

And doing that is ALSO a result of my having had plantar fascitis before. Good shoes with good arches are SOOOOO worth it to me! Haven't had plantar fascitis in the 2000s after some extremely painful episodes in the late 90s.


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"...Vibram won't work for those with webbed feet or extra toes ! ! !"

That rules ME out.
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I'm taking no chances on getting plantar fasciitis again. It's painful!

All of us have different feet and different issues with them. I wear custom orthotics in my dance shoes, plus I have special athletic shoes that correct for pronation. My right foot is almost flat, so it compromises appropriate pronation for me, according to my podiatrist (he was recommended to me because of his experience working with ballet dancers).

Here's what pronation is, in MY medical opinion. The foot flexes and extends not only from heel to toe, but also from side to side.

Pronation is the side to side mechanism by which the inner edges of the feet bear most of the weight when we take steps or jump. In effect, the inner edge rolls inward. Supination is when the outer edge of the foot rolls outward.

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Removing my post, (it was confused), leaving the link:

www.walking.about.com/od/prshoe/fr/v
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You guys are poster children (adults) for arthritis pain management. Way to go!
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I looked up vff and found them.

Interesting.....I wouls love to see them in action.


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My feet hurt a lot and I wear heavy duty comfort shoes. I am not sure what these barefoot shoes are, but I am curious.

Is there no link because it will be some sort of soliciting that spark doesn't go for? I am not sure how to find the blog referenced...but I will try to crack that code.


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I don't see any reason why you can't "share" the shoes. My BF and I have almost the exact same sized feet - LOL. He wants to try mine.

I wore them yesterday at the gym - even taught step aerobics in them. My achilles isn't used to being stretched that much since the VFF's don't have a raised heel, so I am feeling some strain in the right achilles today. I'm hoping stretching and ice will remedy that and as the tendons and muscles get used to the "barefoot" approach the soreness will go away.

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This morning at the gym I shared some of the info from here...RE: too soft shoes in our current lives, the shoes with toes, etc. I ended up with everyone's rapped (is that the right spelling??? rapt, wrapped, emoticon ) attention. My husband is a chiropractor and he also said he'd LOVE to try them. Our feet aren't that different, wonder if we could share?????



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I'm absolutely riddled with arthritis... have it everywhere- hands, feet, knees, hips... heck, even in my EAR... and I know, know, know that 'motion is the lotion'... but it's so hard to do it sometimes... when it's cold and wet, I'm a wreck... but I get better when I move it anyway- in my tennies.
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The shoes look... trippy/hippy and WILD. I want to try them. Hmm, I'll have to wait until they are cheap, though. No dough for expensive shoes.

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Hi Turtle,

Yes, my ortho surgeon did tell me that my arthritis would worsen if I stopped running. Apparently once you have osteoarthritis, for what ever reason, if you stop your activity, it will worsen. At the time I was very active, running about 35 miles per week. I was thinking about stopping running because my knee was hurting (pain for 8 months, my knee didn't hurt while running and I continued to run). I had them do an MRI. The doc said I better get back out there and run or I'd need knee replacement sooner. Mind you, running didn't cause my injury but it does suppress the arthritis.

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Susan-your Dr. said your arthritis would worsen if you STOP running?

Tami-what type of foot surgery?

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Great, all-inclusive title to this thread. When I was walking miles a day in college and first had problems, a Dr. said I have weak feet and that I should never gain weight emoticon . Since my 20's I've only worn high heels 3 times - my college grad, and my son's high school and college grad. The last time, I carried the shoes back to the car. I always bought the foot-shaped comfort shoes and got away with sandals for dress.

Except for my feet I'm pretty healthy. This barefoot running idea is so interesting to me just for taking the idea and applying it to walking. When I'm over this bout of plantar fasciitis, maybe I'll try less cushiony shoes.

I've never had foot x-rays. Maybe it's a skeletal problem. I grew up going barefoot a lot with no trouble. I was normal weight until my 40's, then mildly overweight until last year, then
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This summer I was hiking in Zion National Park and we kept commenting that someone was hiking barefoot because we could see all the toeprints. After a few hours, she came down the mountain, jogging, in those shoes! It was the first time I'd seen them. But she was loving it. I'm intrigued...



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Thanks Boo!

I just updated my blog with my first run of 1.26 miles. It was really good and I am still wearing my VFF's as I sit here and type. The are very comfortable. Not as comfortable as barefeet but still good.

With the running on pavement these shoes were just fine. If I stepped on bits of gravel or whatnot I didn't feel it. The bottoms are a pretty thick, yet very flexible plastic/rubber, so they protect you very well.

Heading to the Y tomorrow and I'll give these a spin on the treadmill.

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THIS conversation began on the "Tap Water" thread. You can go there for background info. Here's the latest post from that thread.
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Kris, I've read some excerpts from that book. With my foot problems, I'm interested in whatever will solve the problem. I don't run except when I'm chased, or getting out of the way of the sprinkler after adjusting it .

I'm sure the book answers the question: When people went barefoot, there was no pavement. . .

Like lots of people, I've gone for all the cushioning I could find in a shoe--like walking around on pillows. I did read how that can be harmful and weaken feet.

EVERYBODY TAKE A LOT AT KJNE80'S FEET IN HER BLOG!

I've just ordered the Strong Knees Workout from gaiam.com, I read about it on the Over 50 message board.

Maybe Boo can move and rename this thread -- others might want to talk about running and feet but not water. Let's see - the more you drink, the more running you will do. . .

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