Q: What should I be looking for in a pair of shoes for walking?
A: A good shoe can definitely make fitness more enjoyable and help you stay on track with your goals. Shop for shoes in the evening when feet may swell. Try on both shoes and wear the same socks you are going to walk in. The shoe should be comfortable right away. When picking out new shoes, consider your foot shape and arch type. Once the shoe is on, there should be about a half-inch between the end of your longest toe and the shoe. Large chain sports stores or department stores will have a variety of shoes to choose from. If you are still unsure about a proper fit, consider visiting a specialty run/walk store where a professional can analyze your walk, size your foot and check for where you distribute your weight as you walk. He or she will then show you a variety of shoes that will be specific to your foot.
Most importantly, buy shoes that are lightweight, breathable and comfortable. All walking shoes will eventually show signs of wear and tear, even if they still feel comfortable. On average, a walking shoe will last approximately for 300 – 500 miles. Keep a journal of your exercise and mileage so you know when to replace your shoes.
Q: Is Greek yogurt healthier than regular yogurt?
A: Both types in their plain, non-fat or low-fat form are excellent choices for a healthy diet. Both are low in calories, packed with calcium and contain live bacterial cultures. Greek yogurt has a thicker texture and consistency due to the removal of liquid whey, lactose and sugar and can pack up to double the protein with a typical serving containing 15 – 20 grams. Greek yogurt also tends to be lower in carbohydrates, with 5 – 8 grams vs. 13 or more for regular yogurt. Remember, both types of yogurt will have a higher carb content if you choose fruit flavors or sweetened yogurt. With Greek yogurt, take advantage of its versatility as it can be used as a substitute for cream cheese, mayonnaise and butter in many recipes. Regardless of which type you choose, use non-fat or low-fat versions and add your own fruit to control of the carb and sugar content.
About the author: Shannon Jungman is the club manager/personal trainer at Anytime Fitness in Johnston. To submit a question for future articles, please contact the author at email@example.com.