A wide variety of modern epidemics, from heart disease to diabetes to osteoporosis, are rooted in our sedentary lifestyles. Lifelong physical activity, such as walking, is crucial to optimum health.
San Rafael, CA (PRWEB) March 18, 2013
March is National Nutrition Month in the United States and global health and wellness expert Dr. Andrew Weil, co-founder of Weil Integrative Footwear, encourages you to celebrate all month long with simple, informed dietary choices, such as following the Anti-Inflammatory Diet, in conjunction with a regular physical activity, like walking.
“I believe that the consumption of refined, processed and manufactured foods, which provide the wrong kinds of fat and carbohydrates, underlies the obesity epidemic in the U.S. and presents a major threat to physical and emotional health,” said Dr. Andrew Weil. “Additionally, the human body is meant for movement. A wide variety of modern epidemics, from heart disease to diabetes to osteoporosis, are rooted in our sedentary lifestyles. Lifelong physical activity, such as walking, is crucial to optimum health.”
Embrace a healthier lifestyle during National Nutrition Month and beyond with simple tips from Dr. Andrew Weil
Food is the fuel our bodies need to function. Dr. Andrew Weil recommends following the Anti-Inflammatory Diet, which combines the best of taste and freshness with cutting-edge scientific research, blending both into a simple to follow diet that is delicious, varied and satisfying. Of importance, be sure to avoid refined, processed and manufactured foods and aim for variety. Choose fruits and vegetables from all parts of the color spectrum, especially berries, tomatoes, orange and yellow fruits, and dark leafy greens.
Spice up National Nutrition Month by boosting the flavor of your favorite foods with anti-inflammatory spices such as ginger, chili, cinnamon and turmeric. Turmeric, in particular has been found to help prevent or alleviate Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis and cancer.
Exercise, along with mindful nutrition, is a key component in achieving optimum health and warding off age-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurodegenerative disease. Aches and discomfort such as heel, knee and back pain, can often hinder the public from starting a walking program. In fact, an astounding 72% of Americans say they don't exercise because foot pain prevents them from doing so. Weil Integrative Footwear provides a simple solution to these painful problems. The Rhythm Walker in particular, features a removable podiatrist-designed orthotic footbed that supports the feet and helps realign the lower-legs, improving posture and balance – an ideal option for daily walking.
Get moving…Begin an exercise program!
Walking, in particular, is an easy activity and can assist with reducing stress and anxiety and also strengthens almost every major organ in the body, promotes optimal bone density, and boosts the immune system. Begin on your road to wellness by incorporating walking into your daily habitual routine.
- Start by walking before venturing into running. Taking 10,000 steps a day is a great goal for improving your overall physical, emotional, and mental fitness
- Invest in a good pair of walking shoes. They will do wonders for your posture and joints. Look for lightweight shoes with flexible soles and be sure to replace them often, especially if you’re walking every day
- While walking, take shorter, measured steps, with your feet striking the ground with the heel and pushing off with the toes. Too long a stride can throw you off balance
- Be sure to keep your back straight. Stretch your spine so your shoulders are level and square, and tuck your buttocks in
- Stay hydrated – muscle cramps are not enjoyable and are often the result of slight dehydration
- Stretch after your walk
Take your movement to a new level by joining the 2nd Annual Walkabout, a 28-day Quest for Good Health
As part of the Walkabout, participants are encouraged to commit to walking just thirty minutes a day to attain physical and emotional health and wellbeing. The campaign will take place over a 28-day period of time, during which participants will receive daily email encouragement, tips and the chance to win prizes.
Learn more here: http://www.orthaheelusa.com/walkabout
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About Weil Integrative Footwear
The Weil Integrative Footwear Collection is created in collaboration with Vasyli LLC, whose founder, Australian podiatrist Phillip Vasyli, is among the worlds leading producers of orthotics. The line’s primary styles include sandals and casual and walking shoes for women. Each design incorporates the proprietary AMS Aided Motion System footbed technology developed by Vasyli.
The Weil Integrative Footwear collection ranges in price from $66.95 to $159.95 and is available at Dillard’s and select retailers across North America. For more information and to view informative videos on the health benefits of walking and the Weil Integrative Footwear, please visit http://www.weilbeing.com.
Dr. Weil donates all of his after-tax profits from the sale of the Weil Integrative Footwear products directly to the Weil Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting integrative medicine through training and research.
Australian Podiatrist, Phillip Vasyli introduced the award-winning Orthaheel brand in 1991 in order to reach an even larger audience of people struggling with heel, knee, leg and lower back pain. Guided by “think tank” advisors, new technologies in Vasyli Medical orthotics will continue to provide the foundation for the Orthaheel brand. In addition to orthotics, Orthaheel’s unique technology is a built-in staple for its collection of shoes, sandals and slippers.
Orthaheel offers the only sandals recommended by both the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and America’s leading wellness doctor, Andrew Weil, MD. Invented by Australian podiatrist Phillip J. Vasyli, Orthaheel offers shoes and orthotics for women and men with unique technology that is clinically shown to reduce over-pronation, which can improve foot function and relieve associated pain.
For more information and to view informative articles written by Phillip Vasyli, please visit http://www.orthaheelusa.com. The line ranges in retail price from $59.95 to $99.95 and is available at zappos.com, Footsmart.com and select retailers across North America.