Vary your heels

Sammy Margo, char­tered phys­io­ther­a­pist

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Good Health -

‘One of the first things I learnt, which I have never for­got­ten, was the im­por­tance of mix­ing it up. Vary the load­ing. Don’t wear flat shoes all the time; vary it with medium and higher shoes – and equally don’t al­ways wear heels. Your body is adap­tive and will re­spond ac­cord­ingly if you only wear shoes of one height. So if you wear heels the whole time, your calf mus­cles will be­come shorter and tighter, whereas if you’re al­ways wear­ing flats they can be­come length­ened. It’s a mes­sage you can ap­ply across the board, par­tic­u­larly to ex­er­cise. Just keep your work­outs var­ied and give your body new chal­lenges – it will re­spond.’

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