Campus Commons PT - July 2019

TIPS FOR BUYING SHOES THAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW

When you go shopping for a pair of exercise shoes, you know they should be comfortable. However, you might be surprised by just how many other factors there are to consider. Failing to think about every possible aspect while shoe shopping won’t immediately lead to an injury, but remembering these tips can help prevent injuries and make sure you get the most out of your workout. CHECK YOUR SHOE SIZE You may think you know your shoe size, but your feet can still grow, even as an adult. Weight gain, weight loss, pregnancy, and injury can all change the size of your foot. Sizes can also vary by brand. Have a store clerk check your shoe size while you’re there. They might also be able to analyze your arch type and combine the two measurements to help narrow your search for the perfect shoe. SHOP LATER IN THE DAY This tip may seem particularly strange, but as the day progresses, your feet swell. They also swell when you exercise. Shopping late in the day means the shoes

that fit you best will also be the ones that fit best while you’re out running the trails, lifting in the gym, or just walking the dogs. When it comes to buying shoes for any kind of exercise, the early bird gets sore feet instead of the worm. BRING YOUR OWN SOCKS If you wear sandals or flip-flops while shoe shopping, remember to bring a pair of your exercise socks with you. Some stores will have socks you can borrow when you try on their shoes, but you won’t be wearing those socks when you exercise. Trying on shoes with your own socks will help you notice areas where the shoe may rub uncomfortably against your ankle or your toes. Even if the best shoes for your feet aren’t the best looking or cheapest, you won’t regret getting the pair that improves your workout and prevents injuries in your feet and lower legs.

TAKE A BREAK

WATERMELON CUCUMBER SKEWERS

Inspired by CookingLight.com

INGREDIENTS

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1 medium-sized watermelon, cubed 2 cucumbers, cut into 1/4-inch rounds

1 block feta cheese, cubed 1 bunch fresh mint leaves

Salt, to taste

EQUIPMENT

1 packet of bamboo skewers

DIRECTIONS

1. Assemble skewers by placing one watermelon cube, one cucumber round, one feta cube, and one mint leaf on skewer in that order. Repeat until skewer is full. 2. Lightly season with salt and chill in fridge until right before serving.

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