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3 Reasons to Exercise Barefoot

by Julie on April 6, 2015

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We wanted to share a quick article about the importance of letting your feet out of your shoes once in awhile! Read the article, watch the YouTube video, the check out the fitness class specifically designed for bare feet, willPower & Grace, Wednesday and Saturday at 9:30am.

 

 

 

The Importance Of Going Barefoot + How To Reclaim Your Feet (link to article)
BY MARY WHALING
MARCH 14, 2015 5:24 AM EDT

Because of the amount of nerve endings found in the feet (more per square centimeter than any other part of the body) , they’re your gateway to proprioception or, the awareness of where your body is in space. So imagine if your feet were stuck in thick-soled, flat shoes all day, not knowing if there was a need to alter your movement due to uneven ground, inclines, declines or changes in temperature. These are all important messages that should be received through your feet, but when they’re constricted within shoes, the brain doesn’t receive the feedback.

Furthermore, issues with and stiffness in your feet can eventually affect muscles and joints higher up in the kinetic chain, like ankles, knees, hips and spine. Paying attention to and exercising your feet can change pain experiences in other areas of your body … never underestimate the importance of happy, healthy feet! Here are three things you can do to reclaim your feet.

1. Mobilize your feet.

Using a tennis ball, golf ball or a posture pro (as seen in picture), gently apply pressure to the bottom of the foot and roll back and forth along the whole arch, targeting any areas of tenderness. This can be done in sitting or standing. Spend at least one minute working on each foot, if not longer.

2. Get your feet moving.

Though they seem simple, these foot mobility exercises can make a huge difference. Try any of the following:

Spread your toes apart, then squeeze them together.
Point your toes, then flex.
Point your foot up from the ankle, lift it up a few inches and move it side to side, making small circles with your foot one way, and then the other.
If your feet and toes are really stiff and you struggle to connect with them, use your fingers between your toes to help get your feet moving!

3. Take your shoes off.

Spend as much time as you can barefoot. Walking your dog in the park, doing chores around the house, train barefoot in the gym … anything that re-connects your foot with the ground.

Try it! Your feet will thank you. You’ll gain more mobility, stability and, if you’re someone who suffers from repeated ankle sprains, you’ll definitely benefit from a barefoot lifestyle as your ankles are clearly trying to tell you something!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Whaling

Mary is the director of free ur body based in Adelaide, a gym based rehabilitation service which gives you results you may not have thought possible. With a background in Physiotherapy and a broad array of post-degree qualifications she helps get people out of chronic pain through thorough assessment and movement based rehabilitation. We believe education is the key to health & wellness and pass our tools on to our clients to ensure they can independently maintain their health and wellbeing to the highest level.

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Biggest Loser Contest Sign-up Extended

by Julie on March 24, 2015

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Sign up THIS week through March 30th for only $25. The contest will run from March 30th through June 5th. Weigh-ins will be weekly on Mondays.Caliper measurements, weight and body measurements are included. There will be support and nutrition meetings (day and time will be posted after we have all of the contestants signed up). The meeting will be 45 minutes in length and will include 16 different nutrition topics such as:

  • Navigating the Grocery Store
  • Nutrition Labels: How to read between the lines
  • Water: How Much? How Often?
  • Macronutrients
  • Compare Popular Diets
  • Cooking Demo: How to Prepare Today’s SuperFoods (and what a SuperFood is and is not)
  • Sugar Rush
  • Whole Grains – Myths and Legends
  • Portion Control
  • Survival Guide to Eating Out

There will also be a special drawing at the end of the contest with our Biggest Loser Bingo cards! Stamp for every workout and when you fill out the card in its entirety you will be entered for this special drawing at the end of the contest.

Join in on the fun to lose a those extra winter pounds, participate in our nutritional support meetings, or just to help you to stay on track! Either way you slice it, it is a win!

 

 

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Money Talks When It Comes to Losing Weight*

March 17, 2015

That’s Why the Biggest Loser Contest Works! Join us for the Biggest Loser Contest. You will get caliper measurements, weekly weigh-ins and nutritional support meetings. Meeting topics will include solving the mystery of whole grains; water, how much and how often; how to prepare today’s superfoods (and what they are and are not); how to […]

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Relay for Life and Shatterproof Fundraisers

February 14, 2015

We have two opportunities to participate. If you want to be daring, join our rappelling team and raise funds for Shatterproof.org. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, you can join our Relay for Life team! STRIKE OUT CANCER FEB 28: Our Relay for Life team kick-off event and will be held […]

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Want a sitter for Friday night and support our team? Check this out!

February 12, 2015

We have you covered with Parents’ Night Out from 6-9:30 p.m. Friday, February, 13th. Drop off the kids and we will take care of them while you are out (or in)! Movies, popcorn, games and general fun all the way around. We have three different rooms and will set up zones for different age groups. […]

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Weather Alert! Tues Feb 10

February 10, 2015

Morning schedule: No Senior Circuits or Zumba for Beginners (Gold). R.I.P.P.E.D. will be held at 11:30. Evening schedule: All dance and fitness classes will be held as planned. Sidewalks and drives are slippery so be careful! Thank you! It’s only fair to share…

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Fitness Schedule Changes Tues, Feb 10, 2015

February 9, 2015

Tuesday Changes We are excited to be offering Cardio Hip Hop now on Tuesdays at 6:30-7:30! Please join us for the most fun you will have working out! Cardio Hip Hop is a dance-based cardio class designed to get you moving to a variety of hip hop songs. In this class you will sweat out […]

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Parents Night Out! Friday, February 13, 2015

February 8, 2015

Leave the babysitting to us and help to support an important cause! February 13: Parent’s Night Out! 6-9:30 p.m. $20 (siblings $10 each) Let us entertain your children while you have a date night! Proceeds benefit the Sundance Shatterproof team fundraiser. We will provide movies and popcorn, games, and entertainment. All ages welcome! Please call […]

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Free First Friday Scheduled for February 6, 2015

February 5, 2015

If you have not been to a Free First Friday event, you don’t know what you are missing! We get together the first Friday of every month to introduce new fitness formats, meet new instructors, and have a great time to boot! We call it the Healthy Happy Hour! We have a drawing every few […]

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R.I.P.P.E.D. For Teens Coming to SunFit

January 28, 2015

SPRING TRAINING STARTS NOW! Train for spring sport tryouts with our Resistance, Interval, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance, and Diet (R.I.P.P.E.D.) program, which uses drills in a sports based format with heart pumping music to keep you moving and motivated! YOU HAVE TO EXPERIENCE IT TO BELIEVE IT! Come to the first teen night Wednesday, February 4, […]

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