Lately, I've been on my phone more than I'd like to admit. It got me thinking about how the repetitive actions of swiping and typing are impacting my hands and body. Ouch! It's time to readjust! It’s no secret that engaging in the same action over and over again makes it more likely that you will develop a repetitive strain injury. The good news is that this outcome is not inevitable. Learning more about your most important tool, your body, can be incredibly empowering.
Summer time is here! Which means it’s flip flop season. I was so upset when I learned how much flip flops/slip on shoes were creating unnecessary strain on my body. But I am so glad I learned when I did. The act of gripping your toes to hold onto your shoes forces your body out of alignment. Your toes were made to spread and press 🦶not scrunch and bunch! .
It took me a while to find a new summer shoe that meets my needs and keeps my feet closer to the ground.
In this pic, I am wearing a pair of minimal sandals by xero. They allow your feet to feel and respond to more variety in the terrain you walk on (automatically!), which helps retrain your muscles to develop more strength in areas that are lacking. Minimal shoes can be a great step on the path to developing more resilient ankles! If you’re new to minimal footwear, ease into it slowly. Learn more about you feet and ankles in my blog post “What types of shoes do you wear in the studio?”. Check it out and let me know what you think.
As creative entrepreneurs it is so easy to get sucked into email and social media. But let’s be real, there is a fine line between hustle and burnout. So it’s time to set some boundaries! Now when I have the physical urge to check my phone, I am retraining my mind and body to grab a book or journal instead.