How I Choose My Running Shoes

runningshoesShoes protect our feet, help us maintain our balance, and can help correct physical problems. Without them, every day walking can become a very painful. When you start running, a lack of proper footwear can turn from painful to downright dangerous. Even without direct injury to the foot, the wrong shoe can cause balance problems, poor grip, and posture discrepancies.

Kitty and I just recently went shoe shopping as I was in desperate need of some new running shoes. After several different stores and an entire Saturday out shopping, I settled on the Adidas Springblade shoes. They are both comfortable and stylish and I’m very happy with my decision. After buying them, I decided why not write about choosing the right running shoe. After all, if I’d had some help, it might not have taken so long to find my new pair. See the Adidas Springblade shoes for yourself by clicking here: http://www.adidas.com/us/springblade.

Why not take the time to learn about running shoes? There are many variables to consider, but there are also many websites where whom you can learn the basics. One of the first things to consider is what kind of running shoe you need. It sounds odd, but there are different varieties of running shoes, just like there are different varieties of tires for cars. There are road-running shoes, trail-running shoes, and even cross-training shoes for those who like to exercise in the gym.

Where you’ll be running on will determine the type of shoe you need. A runner who keeps to the roads and side-walks needs a light, flexible shoe that has plenty of shock protection. An off-roader will want a shoe with aggressive tread and excellent ankle support. Twisting a leg in the woods isn’t something you want to do with your day; the right pair of shoes can help avoid this. For those who like a more natural approach, minimalist (such as ‘toe-shoes’) are essentially foot shaped protection that allow your foot to do the job nature intended it to do.

Another important point is the way the foot hits the ground. The angle of the foot as it hits the ground will help determine what kind of shoe you need. Neutral pronation, when the foot hits the ground flat, requires no modifying shoe. Over-pronation (inside of the foot hits the first) and supination (outside hits first) should both be corrected by your shoe, in order to improve running and decrease the risk of injury.

Do yourself a favor and research your shoes. Ask the salesperson at the shoe store to help you pick out the right size, type, and corrective. Your feet will thank you!

Where Does Kitty Find Her Quilting Designs?

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There is nothing like curling up in front of the fireplace with a good book, a cup of tea or cocoa, and nice warm quilted blanket. Quilted blankets are timeless pieces of artwork that are handcrafted by loving hands. Many of these blankets often depict personal or historical significance. When your blanket has seen its better days you can obtain patterns for creating a new one or even design your own pattern to create your next cozy reading throw.

Online
There are a number of places online that one can investigate for their perfect pattern. Many of these patterns are offered free from the site and some patterns can be purchased. Below is a list of some quilting pattern websites to check out.

Craft Stores

  • JoAnn Fabrics: This retail store carries all of the supplies that are needed for quilting including specialty items and classes for instruction.
  • Michaels: The patterns that are found here are more of a kit than straight supplies. This option may be best for novice quilters for a starting project.
  • Hobby Lobby: This store offers a wide arrangement of boldly colored materials for quilting as well as the supplies needed for the project.

Original Creations
When it comes to getting what you want, making your own original creation is how to get it. When designing your own pattern it is important to lay the pieces out to be sure that it will all fit together properly and with the results you desire. For the novice seamstress a relatively basic pattern is suggested. Some of these quilted creations can become very detailed and confusing to a person who has not done this type of work before.

These quilted blankets are not only functional and beautiful, they also make perfect gifts for friends, relatives, or to donate to a worthy cause or shelter. There are a wide variety of patterns that can be utilized for this project and they can be found online, at craft stores, or the imaginative seamstress can create their own original work.

Kitty’s Favorite Health Supplements

kittyandmeAs Kitty and I age, our health has deteriorated slightly and because of that we’re both required to take medication and follow a daily diet and exercise routine. On top of that, Kitty enjoys finding good health supplements that she can add to her regimen to improve her overall feeling of wellness.

When it comes to women’s health is always pays to do your research before making a purchase. This is especially true when it come to buying supplements. There are plenty of great supplements out there but it can be tough to figure out which ones are best for you and your body. This article will detail three of the most popular women’s heath supplements, what they do, and if they are right for you or not. Remember, nothing in this article constitutes healthcare advice, please speak to your physical regarding such matters. Below are 3 supplements that Kitty won’t leave home without:

Iron

Iron is vitally important to a women’s health because it helps with oxygen distribution throughout the body by encouraging red blood cell development. This affects brain health, your immune system, body temperature regulation and more. It is also important for general cell growth as well. Iron is found in various meats such as beef, turkey, chicken, as well as beans and dark green leafy vegetables. One thing to keep in mind is that vitamin C help to enhance your body’s natural iron absorption so you’re going to want to make sure your vitamin C levels are doing well too. Also, it can easy to overdose on iron so be careful if you are getting it from the vitamins you take.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D does a lot for your body. Not only does it work to promote brain health, it also promotes calcium absorption for strong bones, helps your immune system, and reduces inflammation in the body. Vitamin D is actually found in very few foods, primarily occurring naturally in fatty fish such as salmon. Most people get their required Vitamin D from sunlight exposure but if this is not an option for you then you may want to check out various vitamins you can take to ensure you’re getting the amount you need.

Green Tea

Green tea is a great supplement that is often times overlooked by women when it comes to taking care of their bodies. Green tea acts as an antioxidant. Antioxidants block the activity of free radicals which are chemicals in the body that can react in a variety of negative ways including causing cancer. Recent studies have also shown that the antioxidants in green tea can also reduce inflammation and lower the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. Green tea is available at most grocery stores and easy to acquire. If drinking it isn’t your think there are also green tea extract pills you can take.