Our National I Love My Feet Day Gift To You: 2 Different Ways To Get Your Feet Moving Better So YOU Can Feel Better!
We here at TruFit were thrilled to learn that August 17th is National I Love My Feet Day! Putting aside the weirdness that this holiday even exists, we are excited because it means we get to share with you some easy-to-do drills to help our feet feel better!
Why should we care about our feet in the first place? Well, we trainers like to say that everything in the body is connected. Because it is. If you have cranky feet and ankles that don’t move well, your body will find another place to get that movement instead. This can lead to aches, pains and even injuries to your knees, hips, spine or even your shoulders or neck.
I’m sure you’ve heard the word “fascia” before. Think “plantar fasciitis”, a condition where the fascia — a thin layer of tissue that wraps around the muscle — gets tight and pulls everything together in the foot, causing pain in the heel or arch of the foot (most commonly). The thing is, if we look at our anatomy trains (below) we can actually see that the posterior fascial line (fancy, I know) starts at the bottom of the feet, runs up the calves, up the back of the thighs, up either side of your spine, into your neck and up your head and finally finishes at your EYE SOCKET. I had a client who always got headaches half an hour into her run. When she rolled her feet out with a lacrosse ball before runs guess what happened? She stopped getting headaches.
It is all connected.
So, yeah, you could say we like feet.
One trainer at TruFit trainer who really loves feet is Kathryn Lehner! I couldn’t think of a better person to take us through some warmups for our tootsies to help them (and the rest of our bodies) feel better.
Ready to watch? Check it out below! Please leave us a comment below to let us know how you feel!
August 9 is National Book Lovers' Day! To tip our reading glasses to the art of literature, we thought we would compile a list featuring the TruFit trainers' favorite books concerning fitness-related topics like exercise, nutrition and mindset.
Have some of your own favorite books! Share them in the comments below
The Whartons' Stretch Book: Featuring the Breakthrough Method of Active-Isolated Stretching by Jim Wharton and Phil Wharton
We're always hearing clients bemoan their lack of mobility so this is for anyone looking to feel more flexible and pain free!
Pressing Reset: Original Strength Reloaded by Tim Anderson and Geoff Neupert
For anyone who feels like their body "doesn't move like it used to" and could use some help learning gentle and effective ways to feel better. TruFit is lucky enough to have three trainers certified by Original Strength and this book is a wonderful way to get introduced to the movements and philosophy.
The New Rules of Lifting Supercharged: Ten All-New Muscle-Building Programs for Men and Women by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove
This is for the fitness enthusiast who would like to follow a program on their own either at their own gym, at a hotel gym while traveling or outside of seeing their trainer ;)
Kettlebell Simple and Sinister by Pavel Tsatsouline
This is for anyone interested in kettlebells, likes to see and feel progress and wants to have a STRONG training option that doesn't take all day.
Lean Habits For Lifelong Weight Loss: Mastering 4 Core Eating Behaviors to Stay Slim Forever by Georgie Fear
For people who more or less know *what* to eat but could use help creating better habits surrounding their food. Written by Izzy's nutrition coaching mentor Georgie Fear, this is a fast, digestible read! (See what I did there?)
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan
With such great rules as, "If you are not hungry enough to eat an apple, you are not hungry," and, "Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food," this book is for anyone looking to simplify their outlook on nutrition (and maybe question some of the rules Pollan has to share).
Why Me Want Eat: Fixing Your Food F*ckedupitude by Krista Scott-Dixon
Part nutrition lesson, part journal and part comedy, this is great for those who love to take their pen to paper. You can literally draw throughout this book while learning to figure out how to have a better relationship with food.
Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning by Dan John
Izzy thinks of Dan John as the Pope of personal training. This is a great read for anyone about the philosophy of exercising, no matter what your fitness level is.
Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary John Bishop
Not exercise-specific but asks lots of great questions to think about if you're the one getting in the way of achieving your health and exercise goals. (See Izzy's piece on goal-setting here.)
Habitual Strength by Tim Anderson
Yep, another Tim Anderson book! *This* book is for anyone who is curious about the power of forming habits, just like strength is a habit, no matter how old you are! It helps people achieve their big goal of moving the needle in people's lives from good to better to best.