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Posted March 05, 2014 in Advice Column, Johnston

Q: The holidays are over, yet the stress still seems to be lingering. I feel as if I can’t get back on track with a regular schedule. Can you please provide some tips to help me cope with my stress?
A: Here are three very simple steps you can do to help you feel stronger, happier and better able to manage your stress.

Begin by eating fresh, wholesome foods that will fuel your brain and boost your mood. Reaching for the junk food might give you instant satisfaction, but will make you feel depleted in the long run. Next, continue to stay physically active, as exercise is known to help reduce stress and clear your mind. And lastly, create an experience of joy somewhere in your day, such as watching a funny movie or curling up with your favorite book and a cup of tea. Setting aside this time for yourself can help you shift your thinking to feeling good and creating positive thoughts.

Q: Recently while exercising on the cardio machines, my toes went numb within a few minutes of working out. Any ideas as to what is causing this?

A: Numbness in the toes is a common complaint among treadmill and elliptical users. Often, the cause is wearing shoes that are too tight or tying the shoelaces too tight. Feet swell when exercising, so make sure when purchasing shoes you try them on at the end of the day and opt for a wider toe box so toes have room to move. If you believe that your shoes are the correct size, make sure you allow for some time to stretch the foot and lower leg before beginning your workout. Tightness may lead to improper form, which could lead to numbness. If the numbness persists, you may have a nerve issue called Morton’s neuroma, where the pressure on the nerves between the second and third toes or third and fourth toes causes the numbness. In this case it’s important to see a podiatrist to help treat the condition.

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

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