Celebrity Fitness Trainer Larysa DiDio’s Three Tips for Keeping Your Feet Fit

Although your workout may start in your head, it actually begins with your feet!  Unfortunately, pain and discomfort can wreak havoc on your body and workout schedule.  No need to worry! To help you stay on schedule and feel better, I have identified the 3 most common foot problems and what you can do about them:

  1. Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain), a very common issue that creates a lot of pain, is inflammation of the tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot typically caused by muscle imbalance and tightness of the muscles on the back of the leg. Target stretching, taping the foot and wearing a supportive, orthotic device, as well as supportive footwear can help alleviate pain and help it heal.
  2. Fallen Arches are also quite common and painful. Structural deformity caused by injury, arthritis or imbalances may cause the arch of the foot to lower.  The best protocol is to wear supportive shoes and orthotics.
  3. Achilles Tendonitis, another painful issue that is characterized by inflammation of the tendon that attaches to the heel bone, is usually caused by overtraining, not warming up or previous injury. Target stretches, heel lifts, orthotics and possibly anti inflammatories can help manage pain and heal the area.

Overall, the best way to keep your feet fit is to keep them from getting injured!  Most people injure themselves when their shoes don’t fit properly or when they walk for long periods of time on poorly made shoes, further supporting the importance wearing proper fitting footwear that is supportive and comfortable.   Aetrex is one of my favorite brands because their shoes are made with orthotic support and memory foam cushions.  Not only are their Berries boots super comfortable and have supportive sides, but you can stay active in these boots all day without arch pain or blisters.  I also love the Aetrex RX Runners because the stability in the rear and forefoot is fantastic without compromising comfort.  The most important practice is to find a shoe that fits you….and to keep searching until you do.  Both your feet and body will thank you!

Celebrity Fitness Trainer Larysa DiDio’s Five Tips to getting Bikini-Ready

The birds are singing. Flowers are popping up all over. The weather’s getting warmer. All signs that Spring is finally here….and the inevitable dreaded bathing suit season.  Have no fear!  This year, I will help you prepare so you’re ready to jump into this year’s hottest suit, instead of wrapping yourself like a mummy in last year’s frumpy cotton cover-up. Check out these tips:

1. Find Your Mo-Jo.  Everyone is motivated by someone or something. Is it your spouse? The chick at the deli counter with slender thighs? Or maybe it’s the cute dress that would be perfect for the July 4th bash? It doesn’t matter what it is, it just matters that you have the motivation to change. Cut out pictures and hang them on your walls, mirrors, fridge or anywhere else that will remind you daily of why you’re working so hard to be your best self!

2.  Make a Plan.  You need to have a clear path of how you’re going to accomplish your goals. Be as specific as possible. “I want to lose six lbs. in one month. I will do this by…(enter your plan here, .e.g., Running three miles a day, cutting out ice cream or ditching alcohol). Studies show the more specific your plan is, the more successful you will be!

3.  Make It A Habit.  Review your goals and plan every morning. This will help keep you on track and focused.

4.  Get Accountable.  When you have to answer to someone or something, your head and body will make sure that you stick to your goals! Digital food tracking apps, including My Fitness Pal and Lose It, can help you keep your diet on track. For fitness, try Couch-To-5K, Daily Burn or 7-Minute Workout Challenge. As an added accountability bonus, enlist a friend to join you!

5.  Rest.  Studies show that sleeping more than seven hours a night has the biggest impact on weight loss. When you’re sleep deprived, cortisol levels rise causing you to be hungry, less motivated to work out and gain weight in your mid-section. So, do your exercise, keep your plan in motion…then get to sleep!

Become the Ultimate Spring Jogger

By: Larysa DiDio, Guest Blogger for Aetrex

The temps are warming up just in time for your cabin fever and spring fever to merge!  Studies show that exercising outdoors not only burns more calories, but also boosts your mood like crazy.  Jogging is one of the best activities to help shed excess winter weight in the fastest amount of time.  Here are six tips to becoming the best (Spring) jogger you can be:

  1. Dress in Layers.It may look warm outside from your living room, but looks can be deceiving.  Chances are the temps are still a little bit nippy and the wind may be whipping.  To keep yourself from running back inside as soon as your feet hit the concrete, be sure to bundle up in easy to remove layers.  Usually a light thermal under layer, a breathable heavier layer and a wind resistant shell are what you need.  You’ll get warm fast and when you do, you’ll be able to easily tie a layer around your waist until your cool down at the end.
  1. Wear Proper Footwear. If you live in colder climates, the onset of spring doesn’t necessarily mean the absence of slippery spots.  Also, winter weather along with salt and ice may have left the running terrain less than ideal.  Watch out for residual ice and pot holes, and make sure that your sneakers are snugly fitting and are supportive.  My favorite brand of sneaker is Aetrex.  Their sneakers contain an orthotic footbed for support, balance, and alignment and memory foam cushioning for comfort. Plus, Aetrex shoes have advanced technology that help avoid any smelly odors.
  1. Wear Sunscreen and Sunglasses.  Even though it’s still a bit chilly, the sun and wind can wreak havoc on your skin and eyes.  Protect your skin with hypoallergenic sunscreen that doesn’t clog your pores and protects against both UVA and UVB rays.  Be sure that your product has an SPF of over 30.  Additionally, be sure to wear lightweight, protective sunglasses that give you protection from harmful sun rays, and also from biting winds and debris on roads and trails.
  1. Go When it’s Warmest.  I usually recommend that runners head outdoors first thing in the morning to keep their motivation high and establish a schedule.  However, when it’s a bit chilly and dark, I recommend checking out the forecast and go when it’s the warmest and the brightest.  It’ll help you enjoy your run so much more!
  1. Start Slow.  Be kind to your body.  Start with a nice easy jog of one to three miles, adding some bits of walking if necessary.  If you haven’t been running outdoors (or even on a treadmill), be sure to have fun and start light.  Gradually get yourself back into it by adding 10% total mileage per week.
  1. Motivate yourself With an Event. Everyone needs a goal or a gentle shove and sometimes, signing up for a race is what your body and head need for motivation!  Google local races and plan on training for two months before the big day.  Enlist the help of a friend or family member to help keep yourself motivated.  Need some help with training?  Check out Couch To 5K .