Guest post for Shelbee on the Edge
Written by Victoria Barnard
Socking it to your New Year’s Resolution
Inspiration can come from the smallest things. In January 2016, one of my good friends in an unprecedented fit of New Year resolution excitement found the inspiration to change a downward slide into obesity by making changes to his diet and taking up jogging. He chose to begin the popular “Couch to 5k” program, a running training schedule that purports to take you in around 9 weeks from consummate couch potato to running a 5-kilometer mini-marathon.
Well, much to his family’s surprise and joy he did indeed complete the 5k program as originally planned, then he ramped it up to running a 10k program, and he is now working on completing his first half marathon. His body mass index has gone from “obese” to “overweight” to “perfect”, all from a few simple changes to his lifestyle. He is an inspiration to us all.
Prepare for Success
One of the motivating factors that got him out of the door and onto the running track was performing the correct preparation beforehand. Though there’s a lot to be said about stopping procrastination and just starting new habits today, you can often go off half-cocked if you don’t prepare yourself adequately for a major change in lifestyle. If you don’t have the right prerequisites sorted, such as free time in your schedule, a workout plan, and the right equipment, then it’s all too easy to get demotivated and find excuses to quit before you hit February.
For the preceding Christmas, my friend has asked for and received from Santa a number of items that made his new hobby more enjoyable and less intimidating. Nike shorts, shoes, and running shirts, Bluetooth headphones, a run companion app for his smartphone, a water bottle – all of these things helped to keep him on track – literally.
The usual boring “socks for Christmas” gift had now been transformed into something much more inspirational for my friend. New sports socks to wear each time he went out for a run felt great and offered all-important cushioning for his novice feet.
Socks that Match your Personality Build your Confidence
It got me thinking about these little wonders we take for granted – socks! While my friend is using sports socks to make seismic changes in his life, you can also find socks that help you express yourself.
Foot Traffic is my current go-to site for awesome socks that put a smile on my face and a spring in my step. From the simplest no-show socks that feel great when you’re working out, to novelty socks, 3-D socks, and over-the-knee socks, Foot Traffic has you covered. In fact, there are hundreds of categories of socks from which to choose, so you’re always going to be able to find something that matches your style and outfits.
Recognizing and embracing our individuality through these little fashion choices can embolden us and make us feel more confident in our own skin. Teenagers, in particular, can find themselves at a time in their life where expressing their own quirks through fashion can be a simple and rewarding way to grow comfortable with the person they are.
But it’s not just teenagers who could get an inspiring confidence boost and a lift every day from trendy socks – it’s all of us! Consider how good it feels to put on a fresh, comfortable new pair of socks. It’s a little boost you get in the morning, and the compliments you receive through the day on your matching outfit are not too shabby either!
*Thank you, Victoria, for your inspirational and fun post! Great socks are definitely a wonderful way to express yourself. And self-expression is so important for great health!
Keeping it on the edge,
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