I am embarrassed to report what I have to share today.
I try to do a good job of walking the walk that I recommend to my clients.
I listen to my body. I eat lots of fun things and healthy things (and combine the two whenever possible). I exercise gently when I'm feeling down and push my endurance when I'm energized or need to work out frustration.
But when I started experiencing foot pain a while back, I neglected to see the whole picture.
I was sitting too much—writing a lot and coaching clients—so I figured weak glutes must be the culprit. (Hip imbalances can wreak havoc in all kinds of ways you might not imagine.)
Physical therapy helped a lot, but I couldn't quite get back to my zero-pain threshold.
And then, last week, it dawned on me...
When did I buy these walking shoes?
I dug through email receipts and discovered that the shoes I was using to walk nearly three miles a day were purchased in 2016. THAT'S SIX YEARS AGO. A few other things happened in 2016 that have continued to distract and disturb me, so I'll cut myself a little slack here; but seriously?? I've published THREE books since buying those shoes, and every word in those books was vetted on my feet, endlessly walking parks and sidewalks. My son, who was four at the time, is now in middle school, and I'm still wearing the same shoes?! 🤦♀️ So I have a simple question for you today! When was the last time you checked on the health of your shoes?
I know it seems basic, but with everything going on in the world and in our lives, these things can easily fall by the wayside. Do you have shoes for exercise, work or school that feel comfortable and supportive?
Of course, finding the budget (or the time) to buy new things isn't always easy, but if there is ever a purchase that is worth the cost, it's shoes.
My old ones were discontinued, so I tracked these down on sale (new with tags) through Poshmark. They feel amazing!!
So, consider this a gentle nudge from your friendly, neighborhood health coach to please make sure your toe-toes are taken care of. If you can keep them in shape, they'll take you anywhere you want to go.
Are you nervous about monkeypox and unsure what you need to know (or how to protect yourself)?
For my Forbes column this week, I got answers from physicians and former CDC and HHS advisors about the symptoms, spread, vaccines, and safety precautions of monkeypox.
I can't say this one was fun to research or write, but I did find the experts' answers reassuring. If you have any questions or concerns, this article should tell you what you need to know!
(If you missed it, last week's column about the benefits of music and exercise was much more fun. 🎶)
A bit of good news to finish out this week! A hugely impactful climate bill was signed into law a few days ago.
According to The New York Times, "The new law includes about $370 billion over 10 years to expand the use of electric vehicles, jump-start renewable energy such as solar and wind power, and develop newer energy sources like clean hydrogen. It is the largest investment in climate-change solutions in United States history, and it is expected to help cut emissions about 40 percent below 2005 levels by the end of this decade."
Beyond incentivizing businesses and state governments, the bill includes consumer tax credits for up to $7500 for purchasing an electric car, funds to renovate affordable housing, incentives to upgrade to efficient energy sources at home, and a whole bunch of money for trees. The cash is (in part) coming from a 15% minimum tax rate for major corporations.
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