The Centenarian Shuffle – June 2nd, 2013

Centenarian Shuffle Stanley Park

Foot Solutions will be the Wellness Fair sponsor for the 1st Annual Centenarian Shuffle in Stanley Park.

Come join our team or create your own. Challenge your colleagues, friends and family members to make the journey around the seawall with you!

The goal of the Centenarian Shuffle is to increase awareness around integrative cancer care and healthy living as a prevention of disease. With your participation, we can inspire everyone in BC to live long and healthy lives right up to the age of 100!

The Centenarian Shuffle

Date: June 2, 2013
Time: Walk starts at 9 AM
Location: Starts and finishes at Ceperley Park, Stanley Park, Vancouver

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go towards InspireHealth to enable them to provide integrative cancer care to anyone diagnosed with cancer in BC.

Any way that you can help makes a difference.

To register or donate, go to The Centenarian Shuffle event registration page.

Get the word out on our Facebook page. Invite everyone you know!

What Shoe to Get? A guide to selecting the best training shoe for your sport.

When it comes to selecting athletic footwear for an activity, not all sports shoes are made equal. Before buying new trainers it’s important to consider the different types of athletic shoes available to today’s fitness enthusiast. Footwear has come a long way from its humble beginnings of wraparound leathers (similar to a moccasin) worn by early Mesopotamians circa 1600 to 1200 BC. Athletic footwear companies nowadays focus on improving overall foot health, designing footwear that not only protects joints and feet from impact, but also ensures that common injuries such as ankle sprains are mitigated, all the while ensuring that the foot is well supported throughout the walking cycle. Let’s have a look at the different types of fitness footwear available today and how you can ensure you’re stepping into the perfect fit.

Cross-Training Shoes

Cross-training shoes are multipurpose shoes that can be used for a variety of sports. Their soles are often firmer than the average running shoe, as they’re designed to provide better stability during activities that require a lot of side stepping action. Most cross-training shoes will feature leather uppers with an additional reinforcement or strap across the ball of the foot, to prevent excessive sideway shifting of the forefoot. You may like these shoes if you’re looking to participate in a multitude of sports, including, but not limited to, aerobics, badminton, squash, tennis, volleyball, weight-lifting or aerobics.

Running Shoes

Running shoes are designed for forward motion. They feature a thick sole, especially at the heel, to reduce impact on your heel at ground contact. Their uppers are made of mesh, primarily to reduce the weight of the shoe and improve breathability. Running shoes are not recommended for racquet sports, as they don’t offer the forefoot stability a cross-training shoe or actual racquet (tennis) shoe can provide. If you have ever played racquet sports in your running shoes you probably remember how easily your feet slid over the edges of the shoe. When it comes to choosing a neutral (cushion), stability or motion control shoe it is important to note that recent studies have shown that neutral and stability runners are least likely to cause injury in runners.

Walking Shoes

Walking shoes can be running shoes. However, a true walking shoe tends to feature a leather or similar upper to improve water resistance, keeping your feet dry when it’s pouring outside. Although walking shoes can be used for cross-training activities, they, just like running shoes feature a thicker heel area for shock absorption. With the heel higher off the ground, the likelihood of ankle sprains is increased during side stepping activities.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot running has garnered a lot of media attention as of late, with the lightweight features of this running footwear appealing to young and old alike. These trainers feature little to no padding (Vibram Five Fingers) in their soles to keep the foot as close and as in tune with the ground reaction forces as possible. Due to their low sole these shoes can be used for a multitude of sports, including running, walking and weight-lifting. However, barefoot running does require you to make changes to your running style and it is usually recommended to go through a break-in period prior to making this type of footwear your everyday choice. The lack of strength in the heel counter makes this footwear less suitable for racquet sports or activities requiring a lot of sidestepping action.

Now, keeping in mind the type of activity you most participate in, there is one last thing you should always remember when buying shoes. If the shoe feels great in the store, buy it.

What are your favourite athletic footwear brands? Let us know in the comment section below.

Get Active with Balance Walking

As discussed on the AM650 breakfast show with Gerry O’Day.

Purchase a set of pink poles before October 31st, 2010 and Foot Solutions of Vancouver will donate $15.00 for each pink pole sold to Cancer Research in BC. That’s not all. Purchase a pink pole between now and December 21, 2011 and our head office will donate an additional $5.00 for each pink pole sale to Breast Cancer Research (with a minimum guaranteed donation of $100,000.00). So what are you waiting for, join our Balance Walking Club, get active and start spreading the word.

As featured on the Gerry O'Day Morning Show AM650

What is Balance Walking?

The “Balance Walking Movement” is a fit-for-life program that involves simple changes that anyone can do. It will help you adjust to a lifestyle that is right for a healthier, more active you, with as little as fifteen minutes per day. You will feel energized, relaxed, look and act years younger – no pills – no excuses – you can do this now!

The 4 Pillars of Balance Walking

1. Low Impact Activity

This is the major cornerstone of the Balance Walking Program. The technique is based on Balance Pole Walking. You will engage your core muscle groups while aligning your body for improved posture and body function. You will burn up to 50% more calories than regular walking.


2. Stress Reduction

Stress, along with being a contributor to your belt size, is also a factor in many other health issues, including obesity, heart disease and breast cancer. Since the goal of Balance Walking is to become healthier and more active, stress reduction is an important cornerstone of the program. This simple approach will rejuvenate your mind and body.


3. Food for Life

Throw diets out! They just do not work long-term. Eating is a joy of life that should be enjoyed. By eating less processed and more natural foods, as well as eating smaller portions more often, eating can be both enjoyable and healthy. You’ll stop counting calories and worrying about what you can’t eat, and will be more satisfied. Eat, drink and be merry – life is simple, why do we complicate it?


4. Toning

Maintaining and toning muscles will keep you looking younger and more active. Balance Walking includes some simple non time-consuming ways to maintain and tone your body, which will also kick start your metabolism rate! The average person loses approximately 30% of their muscle mass between the ages of 20 – 70.


How do I get started?

Join our local Balance Walking group at “Balance Walking Vancouver” on and RSVP for our next introductory session (1st Saturday of each month). Or, purchase* a set of pink poles at your local Foot Solutions store, in support of Cancer research, and join our active Balance Walkers on their weekly walks. See “Balance Walking Vancouver” for all upcoming walks in your area.

* We’ll be sure to give you a jump-start on the technique when you visit us to purchase your poles. However, we do recommend you to stop in for our introductory session to learn more about Balance Walking technique, meet fellow Balance Walkers, and more. Other pole colours available.

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