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Tuesday Shoesday – Comfort shoes for a more active life

Whenever September rolls around I get that ‘new-term’ feeling. Even though I’m no longer a student, when you add up all the years that I have been studying in one way or another (yes, I’m even counting primary school), we’re looking at upwards of 20 years in education. So it’s no wonder that I still see September as the start of a new chapter – and still use an academic diary! I see it as a time to kick off some resolutions. In fact, it’s probably a better time of year to make resolutions than January, as you’ve got the end of the year as a marker for quantifying your goals. Whether it’s learning a new language (yes, I’m trying to learn Spanish this year), getting fitter, changing your working habits or improving your savings, I think that September is a great time to, why am I talking about new goals on a Tuesday Shoesday? Surely this blog post is about shoes, right? Right! But my new shoes are linked to my new-term resolutions, and here are the reasons why: I took a bit of time off over the summer and it was only when I got back into the swing of full-time work that I realised just how bad my back and neck is. I went for physiotherapy earlier this year to correct a neck problem (caused by a historical whiplash injury over 10 years ago) and I thought everything was getting better. Over the summer, I barely noticed anything wrong with my neck and all those headaches were gone. However, as soon as I got back to my desk it became obvious what the problem was – my working environment. All the aches and pains came rushing back and it was difficult to get through a full day of work. So here’s my solution, and how it links to the shoes:health-active-sports-shoes-walking-running-cycling-trainers-7I’m now a standing worker. I realised that sitting down all day was causing a lot of problems; heavy legs, pins and needles, bad back and strained neck. No matter how ergonomic my desk set-up was, I needed to get up off my bum and work standing up. So I gave it a go by moving my computer onto a higher work surface for a couple of days to see how I got on. It worked miracles. No problems at all. Apart from one small thing; my feet ached. My cheap flat pumps were clearly NOT made for standing all day! It reminded me of working in hospitality jobs when I was running around all day and really needed a foot massage at the end of the day. So one problem solved ended up causing another problem, but there was something I could do about that…health-active-sports-shoes-walking-running-cycling-trainers-12

If you need new sports clothing I think that Fabletics (designed by Kate Hudson) can’t be beaten for style and performance.

I’ve reviewed comfort shoes on my blog in the past and I discovered that, for heels, Hotter cannot be beaten. However, I’ve always struggled to find a decent pair of comfort shoes that are also a little more on the sporty side. Most flat comfort shoes are a little bit too ‘old lady’ for me (no offence) and I’ve shied away from them, preferring basic low-cost pumps when I want to wear flat shoes. I read some reviews about sports shoes and zumba shoes online (read the article at and now I’ve finally found a pair of comfort shoes that I want to show off – they’re sporty, available in great colours and are SO comfortable it’s health-active-sports-shoes-walking-running-cycling-trainers

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Great dogs for active people

I love dogs. Even though I’m currently a cat-mummy and have filled my Instagram feed with photos of my furr-babies, I’m also a big fan of dogs. I think people usually describe themselves as being a ‘cat person’ or a ‘dog person’ but I am most definitely both. I can’t walk past a doggy in the park without going in for a stroke, and even driving past one elicits lots of ‘ooh aren’t you fluffy!’ coos from me! Even though my lifestyle doesn’t support dog ownership at the moment, it doesn’t  stop me thinking (and doing some important research!) about what breed of dog that I will adopt in the future, hence today’s blog post. It’s important to have a pet that can fit in with your lifestyle so if you are someone that enjoys being outdoors and taking part in activities you need a dog that can keep up with you! Here are some great breeds for you to consider…border collie mountain dog snow

My dream dog – a border collie

Dogs for runners

Dogs love to run. It’s exciting and fun, and something they are rarely allowed to do in the confines of the home. However, if you plan to take your dog on your daily runs, you need to train them if you plan to run long distances with them. Just like humans training for a marathon, your pets need to gradually work up to your level and distance of running. If you are a serious runner, you need to choose a breed that is up to the task. Here are a couple of good options:

  1. American Staffordshire terrier. This stocky looking dog does not look like a natural runner, but it is actually perfect. It is a powerful animal, with lots of energy and relatively long legs. They can easily keep up with you, and will happily run for hours.
  2. Australian Cattle dogs. Most herding dogs make fantastic running companions. A great example is the Australian Cattle dog. It can run long distances even in harsh environments.Australian_Cattle_Dogs_red_and_blue

  Australian Cattle Dogs – red and blue

Dogs for hikers

All dogs love going for a walk, but some breeds have limited capacity for walking. Many short nosed breeds struggle to walk long distances and maintain a fast pace. They love a walk round the park or to the shops, but taking them for a long hike on a warm day would not be good for them. Here are a few dogs that will cope well with walking longer distances.

  1. Corgis. Despite their short legs, Corgis can walk a long way and they are far faster than you think. Plus, legend has it that Corgi’s were once ridden by fairies (hence the markings on their back) so that makes them my ideal companion!
  2. Tibetan terriers. If you like to hike uphill a Tibetan terrier is a fantastic option. They love to climb and are quite happy in cold conditions, including snow.Corgi-on-the-beach-251307 getty images

Corgi’s are now on the vulnerable native breeds list  Continue reading “Great dogs for active people” »

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