There is no shortage of news stories reporting on how increased emotional stress during the holiday season can cause physical maladies from muscle ailments to back pain, but venture to any mall and you will see the physical causes are everywhere. Add a pair of heels to the mix and you are just itching to donate to a chiropractor or podiatrist. Carrying bags filled with presents can put significant strain on your shoulders, back and posture, since it is very difficult to keep one’s spine in alignment when one shoulder is bearing weight. This ain’t rocket science; it was precisely this reason briefcase manufacturers added cross body messenger bags to their product line, and why backpacks are manufactured with padded laptop sleeves. Just last week, I suffered a pinched nerve in my neck; not from “stress”, but from keeping the phone cradled between my ear and shoulder while waiting on hold at length to reach the doctor, or to get additional information on gifts I am ordering on-line. After Thanksgiving, ‘wait’ time quadruples. Taking greater care in performing the simplest tasks can bring relief.
Last year, a couple hours of shopping at my local mall had taken its toll on my hips, back and knees. This year however, was far different, thanks to my new “shape ups”. My first pair of these new-agey sneakers, New Balance toners, left me in discomfort after a 3 mile walk and convinced me, there are considerations for those of us that are flat footed that’s not covered in any review I read. Glad I didn’t give up there, because my next pair, Skechers Resistance Runners have less of an oval/”rocking horse” bottom and are more like cross trainers allowing me to run, walk, and shop for hours. Joe Montana gets paid the big bucks for his testimonials, but those of you who have read my blog know we receive no compensation in any form for our comments. My only complaint is that they’re not insulated with fur, or I’d never take them off.
Whether you favor a walking, cross training or any other foot pampering shoe, this time of year, don’t leave home without ’em. If you don’t own a pair, this is the best investment you’ll make and they can be costly; mine cost me upwards of $100, but I just noted them on-line at footwearetc.com for $97. While I can’t attest that it will shape your butt to someone half your age, I can testify it will decrease your aches and pains, not to mention those pesky co-pays to your doctor, so savings in the long run-pun intended!
Headaches are an exception where I do agree with the network anchors; I get massive ones the third week of every January when those credit card billls come due.