‘Shape Up America!’ Suggests Walking 10,000 Steps A Day: Xenna Offers Six Tips for Footwear and Foot Care

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Carol J. Buck, CEO of Xenna Corporation (http://www.xenna.com), a distributor of natural foot care products nationwide, agrees. “As part of a regular exercise regimen, it’s long been known that walking enables Americans – especially those in the middle-age range or older, to feel better and possibly live longer. Walking 10,000 steps a day (the equivalent of about five miles) to slim down, however, can take its toll on feet, so walkers need to be sure to make proper foot care and footwear a high priority.”

Founded by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Everett Koop, “Shape Up America!” is an organization focused on helping Americans overcome obesity by providing science-based information and guidance on weight loss and management.

According to the organization (http://www.shapeupamerica.org), the key to weight loss is diet, while the key to preventing weight gain (or regain) is exercise. “For that purpose, some studies suggest that, for adults, walking 10,000 steps a day is about the right amount – and it takes more than 30 minutes to reach that goal.”

Carol J. Buck, CEO of Xenna Corporation (http://www.xenna.com), a distributor of natural foot care products nationwide, agrees. “As part of a regular exercise regimen, it’s long been known that walking enables Americans – especially those in the middle-age range or older, to feel better and possibly live longer. Walking 10,000 steps a day (the equivalent of about five miles) can help those who are overweight slim down. However, it can also take its toll on feet, so walkers need to be sure to make proper foot care and footwear a high priority.”

Podiatrists and other foot care experts point out that proper footwear and taking care of feet is essential to a successful walking regimen. Buck offers the following tips to keep feet in shape while building up to 10,000 steps a day:

1. Start slowly. Push ahead gradually, building up to a brisk walk, and eventually doing one-half hour stints at least four times a week.

2. Walk on an even surface, not on rough trails which may have hidden holes, branches or other obstacles which could cause injury. If possible, avoid walking on cement surfaces.

3. Vary the route or direction you walk each day, in order to avoid using muscles the same way all the time. Look up trails in your town or county and discover new parks on weekends to explore on foot.

4. Buy quality, supportive shoes specially designed for walking. Buy shoes that are comfortable, and wait until the afternoon to try on new shoes, since feet tend to swell as the day wears on.

5. Do a foot self-inspection every night (or morning) to check for blisters, discolored toenails, cracks, callus or other problems. If needed, see a podiatrist for regularly scheduled foot care.

6. Wash and dry your feet thoroughly, every day.

For improving the appearance of feet, Xenna has developed two patented products, CalleX® Exfoliating Dry Heel Ointment and NonyX® Nail Gel for clear, healthy-looking toenails. Diabetic-friendly and natural, both contain exfoliating formulas and are widely available in the foot care aisle through mass retailers and chain drugstores, including Walgreens and Rite Aid.

Dry, cracked feet are a common problem for walkers, especially in winter months. Xenna’s diabetic-friendly CalleX Ointment softens and exfoliates dry, cracked feet using natural, fast-acting enzymes, without the need for tedious scraping. CalleX is free of potentially-irritating acids, parabens and lanolin.

CalleX is also a humectant for dry feet by holding in the skin's moisture.

Used by podiatrists since 2001, NonyX Nail Gel was rated as a “top niche brand” by Drug Store News in 2010. NonyX Gel is a natural, diabetic-friendly topical gel, formulated to improve the appearance of yellow, discolored toenails – a problem that becomes more common as we age. Pronounced “Non-X”, NonyX Gel breaks down and removes keratin debris – the discolored or yellow granular substance under toenails that makes them so unattractive.

With regular use twice daily (especially after bathing), improved nail color and clarity are seen within 5 to 9 months as keratin debris clears out. Once this whitish buildup is removed, NonyX Gel keeps nails clear and healthy-looking with regular use.

“We focus on foot care 365 days out of the year,” says Buck. “What is the end-game for us? We want people to like how their feet look and enjoy walking and other exercise. Plus, exercise is exhilarating and walking or playing sports outside brings one closer to nature.”

NonyX can be found in the footcare aisle at Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid (larger stores), Duane Reade, Kinney Drugs, Kerr Drug, HEB, many Medicine Shoppes, ShopKo and Harris Teeter. It is also sold online at http://www.nonyx.com.

CalleX Ointment is available in the footcare aisle at Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kinney Drugs, Kerr Drug, Stop & Shop and many Medicine Shoppes. CalleX is also available online at http://www.drugstore.com and http://www.CallexOintment.com.

$4 and $5 rebate coupons for NonyX Nail Gel and CalleX Ointment downloadable at http://www.xenna.com. All Xenna products are 100% money-back guaranteed.

All Xenna products, including those for hair care, are biodegradable, contain no animal byproducts and are not tested on animals. For more information about Xenna products, go to http://www.xenna.com, or call 800-368-6003. All Xenna products are 100% money-back guaranteed.

About Xenna: Based in Princeton, NJ, Xenna’s mission is to provide innovative solutions in personal care. Reflecting the success of that mission, the company was a recipient of the TOP 50 Research Facilities Award in 2006.

Xenna is a privately-held, woman-owned company which develops and distributes natural personal care products for skin, hair and nails. To contact them call 800-368-6003 (business hours, Mon-Friday Eastern Time).

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