Campus Commons PT - May 2021


SWEATY FEET? Many sock materials, such as merino wool and polyester, do a good job of wicking moisture off your feet rather than soaking it all in, which leaves you with drenched, gross socks. Some socks even come with ventilation channels built into the fabric that help air your feet out. No more sweaty, smelly feet for you! BLISTERED FEET? Blisters are caused by friction between your socks, shoes, and feet. They can be tough to get rid of, so it’s far more advantageous if you can prevent them. That’s why some socks come with dual layers. They decrease friction and therefore lessen the likelihood of you getting blisters. FUNGAL FEET? Damp socks left on too long can lead to fungal infections, commonly known as athlete’s foot. While the best remedy for this problem is to switch socks as often as possible, you can also find socks infused with copper, which purportedly helps keep your feet dry, keeping the fungus from developing in the first place.

You constantly strive to get the best possible shoe for your workouts, but

what about what lies just beneath the surface? That’s right, we’re talking about your socks. The right sock can be just as important as the right kind of shoe, and it can protect your feet from all sorts of problems that shoes can’t account for. So, before you throw on any old sock and lace up your shoes, here are a few common problems that the right kind of sock can solve. COLD FEET? If you suffer from cold feet while you work out (particularly a problem if you like working out outside in the winter), merino wool is the name of the game. It’s thinner than regular wool, so your feet won’t overheat, but they’ll still keep you warm. Plus, it doesn’t smell as bad when you sweat in it!

So, next time you’re out shopping for your latest pair of shoes, don’t forget to throw in a few new pairs of socks to go along with them!


Shaved Asparagus Salad

Inspired by

Tangy citrus and salty Parmesan cheese complement earthy, fresh asparagus, a favorite spring vegetable with a short growing season.


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1 lb asparagus spears 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp Dijon mustard

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3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. With a vegetable peeler, shave each asparagus spear from tip to base. This is easiest to do if the asparagus is on a flat surface. 2. Place shaved asparagus in a bowl and blot off excess moisture with a paper towel. 3. In a separate bowl, make a vinaigrette by whisking together lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and olive oil. 4. Pour vinaigrette over shaved asparagus and add Parmesan cheese, salt, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings.

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