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Stabilizing Orthotics

I did the Foot Levelers orthotics thing some years back. I still have them and have used them constantly with complete satisfaction. They are a great combination of matching paperweights and conversation starters. I put them right up there with Popiel’s Pocket Fisherman (although I hear you can really catch fish with the PF. They fit in any of my shoes, running, cycling, walking, sleeping, you name it. They also did work fairly well in my ski boots.

The money that  you will spend is worth it, because it is cheaper than surgery, and less painful than the injections ,which didn’t help. The stabilizing orthotics did help me. They were not uncomfortable and I hardly knew they were in my shoes. They do raise the foot at the heel ,but it caused no problem for me.

I tried every sort of expensive and inexpensive shoe that was available at the time, some with significant padding that included gel, air, or liquid under the forefoot *and* the heel areas. Basically there was no difference. If you’re going for an insole rather than a custom orthotic the best one around is made by Foot Levelers. They make special inserts for different shoes and different sports.  I use their Casual Intense Comfort in my casual shoes.

I would also not be able to race and  train without my stabilizing orthotics.  I train and race with my orthotics and have no problem with them sliding around once my foot becomes accustomed to them. With the heel cupped firmly, and the shoe laced and pulled up tight, my foot stays firmly in the stabilizing orthotics and the orthotic rides with my heel. They  are tremendously useful and highly recommend them.

 

 

Kids Basketball

Kids always seem to have lots of energy. They always love to play and are always active in their own way. It would be better to get your child into sports like basketball or volleyball. It would help them with their exercise, concentration and also promote camaraderie among the players. It would be nice if they are also able to compete and win their own basketball trophy. It would give them something to work for and learn a lot of things like teamwork along the way.

Riding a Horse

Horseback riding is fun and a lot of people are good at it. There are those who love riding on a horse that they ride as often as they could. Some even own their own horses and of course already have their own horse riding gear. They have complete clothing from the riding helmets, shirts, coats to the breeches and boots. They even have complete accessories for their horses. Wearing equestrian clothing makes the ride more comfortable and also helps the rider keep themselves on the saddle.

Women’s Cruiser

Physical fitness benefits almost every aspect of our lives. Nothing helps circulate our blood more than moving. To get serious in physical fitness, try a form of exercise at least 4 times a week. Choose one that you enjoy, fits your lifestyle and meets your goals. There are many sports and physical activities that provide all-round exercise, and one them is biking.

Biking is good for the legs and for toning up the whole body. It also helps breathing and circulation of the body and tones up all your muscles without the risk of straining yourself too much. This activity can be done with others and also great if you prefer to do this on your own. You can also play for fun as well as competitively with womens cruiser that are becoming popular in the recent years. With a great range of designs to choose from, you can be sporty and stylish at the same time with women’s cruiser. Numerous colors and designs allow you to personalize and make your every biking experience awesome. Biking or any other forms of exercise regularly helps your body to be trimmed and fit. It also opens the pores of the skin and speeds up the elimination process from cells and tissues, thus helping you feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Sweating also allows excess oils and dead skin cells to exit the body.

 

 

On Women’s Sport

women sportActive women face unique risks. Women are 2 to 10 times more likely than men to suffer knee injuries of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which helps link your upper and lower leg bones. Among the highest-risk sports are: basketball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and skiing. Loose knee joints and other differences between the male and female body may add to the risk, along with hormone levels. Stress fractures, kneecap pain and foot problems are also more common in females.

One threat unique to women is the ‘female athlete triad’, a condition marked by eating disorders, amenorrhea (missed periods) and osteoporosis. Any female athlete is at risk for the triad. However, it is most common in runners, ballerinas, gymnasts and figure skaters, whose sports focus more on the appearance and weight.

The female athlete triad starts with nutritional issues. An active woman may cut back on calories to lose weight, or she may burn more calories exercising than she’s taking in. This creates a calories deficit that affects total body fat and subsequently, the reproductive system, leading to low estrogen levels and missed periods.

It is indeed good to exercise and be physically active for women, but at the same time injury can be a risk. Getting expert advice on how to prevent and manage these unique risks is necessary to make sure that proper care is given with every activity you get your self into.

Will Sports Supplements Give Me an Edge

athleteSports supplements abound, but most have not been proven to boost performance. Amino acids don’t appear to build muscle any better than the more balanced protein in food. Skip the protein powders, too. Serious athletes need slightly more protein than others, but most people get plenty of protein from food. Chromium picolinate, is touted for muscle building too, but the research is unclear.

Creatine, found in meat, fish and poultry, is also made in the body from amino acids. A few studies show that it improves performance in activities like sprinting and jumping, which requires short bursts of energy. But it won’t help recreational exercisers or endurance athletes.

Bottom line: Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a seasoned athlete, your best performance comes from eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of fluids.