Archive for November, 2012

Barefoot walking

Posted: November 25, 2012 in Run
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Can the practice of running barefoot be applied to everyday walking at work?
Lately, I have noticed that my feet are tired after wearing my traditional running shoes at work. I walk on cement floors, and thought cushioned shoes were the best footwear. Researching the question, I found that most experts agree with me.
Then I went for a run. I haven’t been running for at least a month (life is busy, and the weather is cold). Within the first 100m, I could feel the small muscles in my feet stretching. My feet felt better than they have in a long time.
So, perhaps cushioned runners are not the best shoes to be wearing, even at work. I am going to try wearing lighter shoes with a softer sole to work this week. I think that allowing my feet to flex and move with my step may be better for them. As for the hard, cement floors, I may find myself walking on my toes more to reduce the impact.


Fitting it in

Posted: November 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

There are so many things that we are supposed to do to keep ourselves and our families balanced.

  • 30 minutes of physical exercise everyday for everyone.
  • Floss your teeth.
  • Time with each child on their own.
  • Date night.
  • 10 servings of fruit or vegetables.
  • Time for yourself.
  • Friends.
  • Community involvement.
  • Personal prayer time.
  • 8 hours of sleep a night.

The list can go on forever. So how does it all fit in to the 24 hours we have in a day? Or even the 7 days in a week?

The answer is that we can’t. There is no way to do everything that every expert says we need to do to keep ourselves and our families healthy and balanced.

The solution is to maintain balance. Not everything can be done every day. And not everything can be done all the time. So we have cycles in our life. For several weeks in a row, we will manage time with each child alone. Then that time in the week becomes date night for a few weeks, or time for friends, or volunteering time.

The problem with this system is it does not allow for regular triathlon training. So at this point in the season, I will have to settle for irregular training, and trust that the balance will even things out before it is time to actually try the triathlon.