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Confession time: I’ve been wearing the same pair of sneakers for a few years. Many years. Since before I got married and had kids. Okay, it’s nine – I’ve been wearing the same scruffy sneakers for nine dysfunctional years.
As we approach our one-decade anniversary together, I’ve decided it’s time to upgrade my limp, greying, sad excuse for shoes into a decent pair of sneakers.
You see, I want to learn to run. I’ve been inspired by Dr Mike Evans, who suggests that the key to better health is to simply limit the amount of time you spend being “sedentary” to 23.5 hours per day.
For a long time, I’ve wanted to learn how to run. Runners always seem to have great energy and they often talk about how they have a clear head after a run – that I could definitely do with. Plus, they’re fit. I’d like to be fit.
So when I was watching this video, it dawned on me that just 30 minutes of running every day could be the ticket to a healthier body.
That’s how I ended up at The Athlete’s Foot last week, confessing more about my unhealthy fitness habits to lovely Nikki than I’ve ever shared with anyone else.
“How did you choose your last pair of sneakers?” she asked.
Don’t say colour. Don’t say colour. Don’t say colour.
“The colour,” I blurted.
“Lots of people do that!” she said reassuringly. “But it’s not the best way to pick your runners.”
As she continued asking me questions about my feet, I couldn’t help but feeling slightly embarrassed about my all-too-revealing answers.
“I don’t exercise every day, it’s more like a couple of times a week… If that. And when I do, it’s usually a walk around the block with my kids or a Zumba class,” I admitted.
“But I want to start running!” I added hastily. Nikki was investing a lot of time into me –measuring my feet, evaluating my answers and walking me through the fancy Fitzi foot analysis machine.
Nikki was completely neutral and totally supportive – and, incidentally, so are my new runners.
I was surprised to discover that I have two completely different feet (one is much flatter than the other), but Nikki told me it’s actually rare for anyone to have two feet that are exactly the same.