Firstly, what is heel-to-toe drop? It is the difference between the height of your heel compared to the height of your toes, as they sit in the flat shoe. Heel-to-toe drop can range from 0mm (which is a flat shoe) to 12 mm (which is very padded). It is essentially a measurement for how fat or padded a running shoe’s heel feels. It is thought that the lower the heel-to-toe drop, the easier it will be to land on your midfoot (or forefoot) while running. The things to remember when considering this are:
(1) There is no ‘right’ shoe that fits all runners. Most importantly, a running shoe should support a strong foot. And, a strong foot comes from getting your biomechanics right.
(2) It can affect the way your foot strikes the ground while running, so avoid making sudden and dramatic changes to the heel-to-toe drop you currently use. Any running shoe should ‘feel’ like an extension of your foot when you run in it.
(3) Consider having a proper shoe fit at a specialised store.
Should I work out under stress?
Absolutely! Regular exercise reduces stress hormone levels, such as cortisol and adrenalin, and increases the amounts of ‘feel good’ hormones (endorphins, serotonin). Working out will help you to deal with stress – both physically and mentally. Whether this be by gaining some solitude and ‘me-time’, by distraction, or just by releasing the built-up tension in your body. Many studies have shown that consistent exercise can improve your cognitive function, particularly your self-discipline and your ability to make focused decisions (which can also be helpful to alleviate worry associated with stressful situations.
I’ve reducedy belly fat after months of hard work. Now, how do I make it flat?
Firstly, it is important to understand that having a flat belly is dependent on your age, body type, genetics, your body fat and your underlying muscle. There are only two of those factors that you can work on; your body fat and your muscles! The reason many women never get toned is because they forget about the muscles that live under the fat. Remember tone = muscle + less fat. It sounds like you’ve done a good job on reducing your overall body fat (including your belly fat). Now you need to incorporate some resistance training to build lean muscles. To accentuate a ‘flat’ tummy, focus on building your abdominal muscles. Start off by using your own body weight and slowly add weights to your workout routine. And, don’t stop at your abs, incorporate resistance training for your whole body. Don’t worry, I promise you’re not going to look like a buff body builder! By building lean muscle you will find that you achieve that flat tummy and toned body.