Using the right exercise equipment

Having the right equipment makes all the difference.

When I got to the gym this morning I realized I forgot my clip shoes. Ah, bummer. I probably had time to go home and get them. But I decided to just deal with regular shoes.

I had to use my regular tennies on the spin bike a couple of months ago when I had a broken clip and couldn’t get my shoe into the pedal.

It is such a different feeling in regular tennis shoes than clip shoes. I can feel the pedal under my feet, my control is different, I get foot cramps more often, my feet sometimes fall asleep, I don’t feel as sturdy.

I also feel that way the my newer yoga mat. For years I used a Gaiam yoga mat I got at Target. It got the job done.

But as I started practicing yoga more and going to a studio regularly I knew I needed a better mat. The Gaiam mat is quite slippery. And my hands never stuck very well the to “sticky” mat.

So I invested in a nice Jade yoga mat. Yes, it is expensive. But it is sturdy and high … Continue reading

Go Fit Girl! is thankful for …

 

 

 

the fact that I am fairly healthy.

the fact that I can afford a gym membership …

and a yoga studio membership.

the fact that I can afford fairly healthy food at the grocery.

the fact that my company has a gym on site.

my spin teachers, especially Jenn.

Baxter’s fun and goofy nature during Wednesday night Hatha class …

especially last night’s Thanksgiving-themed class.

all of my yoga teachers: Ashley, Lily, Rachel, Vickie, Sean, Baxter (mentioned above) and the occasional sub.

a boss who works out as much as I do (and possibly more).

my clip shoes for spin class and the espinner. (Fewer foot cramps and feet that fall asleep.)

Restorative yoga, Hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga and yoga in general.

the fact that work encourages a wellness plan.

all the friends I have made at the gym …

and the spin social “hour” we have before Saturday class begins.

my yoga studio hosting a Day of Thanks 2-hour workshop …

and Naushon is teaching it …

and all the proceeds go to the food bank.

my IT support husband who helps me with the the site.

all of my Go Fit Girl! readers. Your support … Continue reading

The worst shoes for your feet

My friend Amy recently shared this article with me. The article has pictures of various shoes and a paragraph or two explaining the issues withthe type of shoe. (Information for this post came from the above mentioned article.)

According to the article, ultra high heels can lead to ankle sprains and chronic pain. I have a pair of shoes that are 4-4 1/2 inches, pictured to the left. I usually can’t wear them too long. I do sit most of the time at work. So that helps. But forget it if I need to run or even walk quickly. Though somehow I have danced in those things. Many types of heels can also lead to blisters, swelling, bursitis, even pain in the Achilles tendon. Yuck! That doesn’t sound fun. I have definitely had blisters and swelling.

Heels definitely create an unnatural position for your foot. Think Barbie feet. Stress and hairline fractures … Ouch!

Lower heels are better for your feet. The article states that going no higher than 2 inches is best and even that should be in moderation.

Heels can=ankle sprain. I have to say I have definitely been close to a heel ankle sprain. I am a stumbling idiot … Continue reading

Having fun with shoes

I love shoes. I love fun shoes, cute shoes, pretty shoes, comfy shoes, sassy shoes.

Most of the time when it comes to shoes I believe in fashion over comfort. But not always.

If I know I am going to walking around in the city (San Francisco) a lot I have to have comfy shoes on. I can’t walk for miles up hill in some obnoxious heels. So that is when I wear the Dr. Martens or Skechers.

(I also make sure I have flip flops or Fast Flats when I need a break from the heels. At work I keep a pair of tennis shoes and flip flops in my drawer in case I need them.)

I am also into making sure I have some decent shoes when it comes to exercise. I have my Asics, my clip shoes for when I spin and my barefeet for yoga.

Anyway, I was never really into shoes. After I lost weight and pretty much got a new wardrobe I realized I needed shoes to go with all my new cute clothes. In our neighborhood there is a shoe store called Tootsies. I LOVE shopping there! It can be … Continue reading