To remain in peak physical shape, I like to run.
It’s a fast, easy way to burn a ton of calories.
I don’t need to buy a bunch of expensive equipment. For quite a few years, I’d tie my sneakers and head out for my run most every day of the week. I gradually developed some concerns with my feet. For a while, I had to stop running completely. I finally made an appointment with a podiatrist who gave me specialized inserts for my sneakers. These inserts offer support for my arches and have helped to eliminate the pain of plantar fasciitis. I have a thicker set of inserts for my everyday shoes and a thinner set for my workout shoes. The podiatrist also recommended that I switch to running barefoot. She said that barefoot is superior to wearing shoes with a thick layer of cushioning. I was skeptical, but I gave it a fair try. I’ve now beaten a path around the perimeter of my lawn. I’ve run the same track so many times that the ground is now totally flat, smooth and hard as concrete. I can run on the path barefoot without concern of injury from prickers, rocks, pinecones, sticks and other debris. At first, I was rather careful and worried about potentially damaging my feet further. I soon saw that running barefoot is wonderful. My feet are better than they’ve been in years. I also enjoy working out right next to my house. I have instant access to a water bottle and can always head in for the bathroom. . It’s not a problem to change my clothes to match the weather. When I decide I’m done running, I’m never far from home. I’ve calculated that three laps around the lawn adds up to a mile.