Causes And Remedies Of Plantar Fasciitis

Aj from, a blog and review site, covering health and footwear, put together a pretty detailed guide on plantar fasciitis, which includes causes and remedies, exercises, and symptoms.  The introduction to the guide shares that Plantar Fasciitis is a common problem that’s estimated to affect about two million people every year, from runners to non-athletes. It can be caused by many things, from your foot’s anatomy to sudden trauma, or even your footwear. Recovery can be slow but is usually achieved at home without medical procedures.

If you’ve experienced the blinding pain of plantar fasciitis in your heel, you’ll know it’s no joke. It usually attacks you like a knife when you take your first steps out of bed in the morning. If it gets bad, you’ll be in pain all day.

Want to know how best to avoid and treat it? Check out the causes and remedies of plantar fasciitis in this article.

Also, check out our article on the best running shoes for plantar fasciitis. And also our other activity-based shoe recommendations if you suffer from plantar fasciitis

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common heel injury in the connective tissue of the foot. This tissue, called fascia, runs from your heels to your toes. When it’s inflamed, it causes a stabbing pain in the heel and, sometimes, the entire foot. If it gets bad, it can be impossible for you to walk even a few steps.

Plantar fasciitis is often chronic, coming from degeneration of tissue rather than an inflammation. It’s a common condition that affects both sedentary and athletic people, with young male athletes being a particularly prominent group. However, overweight women from 40 to 60 are the most affected.

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15 Apps to Keep You Healthy While Sheltering in Place

Staff Writer Danika Miller is a copywriter at (Internet Service Providers) and has been writing about the internet and home services for several years.  She recently shared one of her posts with Healthy Lombard that highlights Apps to keep a person healthy while we are all sheltering in place.

The global coronavirus pandemic is keeping many people indoors. Gyms and schools are closed, people are working from home, and many of us have some extra free time. Paired with the general stress and anxiety from this crisis, being stuck at home means it’s easy to neglect your health. For the same reasons, prioritizing your health and mental wellbeing are more important than ever.

Today’s technology has created a myriad of digital tools to help us stay healthy. We rounded up some of the most popular and unique apps for maintaining your health and wellbeing while quarantined.

Headspace. An app focused on mindfulness and meditation. It’s similar to Calm, but Headspace has more specific and detailed guides for being mindful during everyday life. There are sleeping and waking practices, meditation for stress, exercise meditations, and mindful cooking guides. It’s all about directing you to be super present, aware, and peaceful during every action of your day. There are a free 10-part basic course and a two-week trial of the premium features. Then it’ll cost $13 per month.

Portal. An immersive relaxation app that transports you around the world. The app displays 3D soundscapes and atmospheres. You can swipe through different places and experience the sounds and visuals — an Amazon thunderstorm, a barley field in the English countryside, or a sunny day in the Redwood National Park. You can layer the scene with other audio (like music or an audiobook), set timers, and sync it with Philips Hue lights. To unlock 14 portals, and some of its features, the app requires a one-time purchase of $4.

Unplug. A product of the actual Unplug meditation studio based in Los Angeles. The app has a wide variety of meditation sessions for different goals and lengths of time. Categories include: deep relaxation, healthy eating, thrive at work, kids & teens, travel, hypnosis, 30-day challenge, and more. You can track your progress and journal in the app. It costs $8 per month after a 7-day free trial. Read more

Exercise at work can help reduce stress and prevent illness

IONIS shared that sitting and standing for hours on end can be hugely detrimental to your health. This sounds a bit dramatic but is confirmed when we look at some statistics. According to WHO, more than 1.4bn adults globally – a fifth of the population – are not getting enough exercise, increasing their risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, and cancer. When you consider that we all spend a lot of our lives – an average of around 37 years – at work, this is not surprising because most people do not exercise at work.

Common ailments can be traced to a lack of exercise. Back pain can be traced back to a lack of exercise in 90 percent of cases. The risk of developing cancer or depression also increases with a sedentary lifestyle. Topping this list of doom and gloom is a cardiovascular disease: A lack of exercise can lead to it.

Why sitting for so long have these harmful effects can be easily explained. Humans are simply not made to sit still for long periods of time. Our musculoskeletal system is a product of evolution but has hardly changed since the Stone Age, unlike our lifestyle. And our ancestors, unlike us, were hunters and gatherers and constantly on the move. One of the best things we can do for our bodies is to move them, even if only a little bit, regularly. This is entirely possible even at work if you are willing to get into office fitness! Read more

Best Online Personal Training Based on In-Depth Reviews

Since the world is almost-entirely under shutdown, the folks at thought our readers would appreciate their guide in which they discuss the growth of health apps in the United States, the benefits of online personal trainers, and other online options.

This is how they analyze the information.

WORKOUT PROGRAM – They ranked programs that offered a larger number of exercise routines higher. This included those that offer individual or joint supplementary diet plans.

PRICING  – Pricing is usually based on a monthly or annual subscription model or on a set number of sessions you can do in a certain time span. Some – charge for individual workouts or provide free subscription.
REPUTATION – They assessed customer feedback, testimonials, and each company’s general reputation among clients and fitness experts to view if their services were credible and of good quality.
ENGAGEMENT – Engagement with a personal trainer is vital to making a workout or nutritional program work. That’s why they consulted consumer feedback to assess how well consumers were able to communicate with their trainers when using these programs.

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Walking For Fitness & Better Health – A Complete Guide

Jenny. who has a passion for trying to get people more fit from home has created a blog called,

She shared the following guide from it about walking with Healthy Lombard.  This guide looks at all aspects of walking for fitness covering some unusual and entertaining areas of walking. We demonstrate the benefits of walking and what you need to know to get the best out of walking as an exercise. She hopes you’ll be encouraged to explore the wonderful and healthy world of walking.

What Are The Benefits Of Walking?

How smart was the classical Greek physician Hippocrates when he said 2500 years ago “Walking is man’s best medicine”.

Walking is the easiest form of exercise to maintain fitness and yet it is often maligned. Because it is uncomplicated and accessible, the benefits of walking are not always appreciated. It is runnings’ dimmer cousin and yet walking shines when providing health benefits.

According to the Office of the Surgeon General two-thirds of American adults and a 3rd of children are overweight or obese. “The sobering impact of these numbers is reflected in the nation’s concurrent epidemics of diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.

The latest research-based evidence by The Office of Disease Prevention and Heal Promotion via the 2nd edition of The Physical Activity Guidelines For Americans says that walking regularly at a brisk pace 5 days a week for just 30 minutes can have immediate as well as long term health benefits. Read more

How 30 Minutes Daily Walks Can Improve Your Health and Help You Lose Weight!

Elizabeth Barletta, a Mom of 2 and  Infant Nutritionist, shared with Healthy Lombard that we are living in modern times, and the time management seems to be right at the center of everything. We’re always rushing to catch the bus and arrive at work on time, catch the subway to get back home before dinner, and, if we own a car, then it seems we’re always driving around from one place to another, hoping that we’ll make it on time.

Our troubled lives make it a lot harder for us to focus on our mental and physical health. We’re less likely to spend the little amount of free time we’ve got left doing exercises or going to the gym. But what many of us don’t know is that the simple 30-minutes jogging in a pair of best shoes for walking can seriously benefit both our minds and our bodies. So, without further ado, let’s go over the top 5 benefits of walking daily, on which both doctors and expert platforms like agree.

Incontestable Benefits of Walking

  1. Walking Improves Your Mood
    Think about how a glass of red wine, a bottle of cold beer, a hot slice of pepperoni pizza, or a solid chunk of dark chocolate always get you in a better mood and help you take the edge off after a rough day. It appears that walking 30 minutes a day or more will have the same effect on your mood. Walking daily instead of taking the bus or driving will give you more time to reflect, relax, and exercise at the same time. Doctors agree that walking daily will have an actual impact on your nervous system, decreasing your levels of anger and hostility. And, unlike our first examples, it implies zero calories! Read more

Car Yoga Poses for a Relaxing Road Trip

Janey Velasco, from Content Marketing Specialist at  (619) 5014256 |shared with Healthy Lombard that taking breaks and vacations are great ways to clear our heads, spend some quality time with family and friends, and overall part of a healthy lifestyle. With peak road trip and summer vacation season right around the corner, many of you may have some travel plans in the works. As relaxing as trips can be, sitting in the same position for hours whether it’s on a car, plane or train, can lead to feeling sore and tired by the time you reach your destination and even worse when we get back home.

With that in mind, we thought we’d share this collection of yoga poses you can try at any point during your trip. Try them out in your seat, when you reach your next rest area or at your hotel to help stretch and relax your muscles. 

In addition to the physical benefits of yoga, these poses will help reset your mind into vacation mode for a mindful break. Whether you’re an avid yogi or beginner, these are sure to make vast improvements during any type of travel or commute.  Read more

10 Habits that Reduce Your Chances of Gaining Lean Muscle Mass

Aneeq Gill, Content Manager at  Powell Ltd, shared with Healthy Lombard that it’s a serious science to gain muscle. Putting incorrect food in your mouth and forgetting the magical exercise can change anything if you see the benefits of this week’s workout. This is a magic exercise. The bulking gap has an endless array of variables–ensuring there is an enormous number of ways for us to mess up ourselves.

The worst thing is, perhaps you don’t know that you’re cheating. Luckily, on 13 of the worst cheatings, here we’re to inspire you. Ditch these patterns and eventually, you start to see these rewards for which you are working so hard. Keep noting the lean body mass on to see how much you have got benefited from these habits.

1. Shuteye skimping

“Size sleep may be the most important way of building muscle,” says Marc Perry C.S.C.S., trainer and founding mentor of Built Lean for the 12-week transformation program. For example, it makes it easier to retain all other muscles. It was discovered that sleep loss decreases protein synthesis activity, leading to muscle loss and the inability to repatriate injury.

Not scoring enough Z means that the hormone needed to build muscle and to keep the tissue healthy is not created by your body. Kreider says he has a whey or casein in addition to reaching an enemy at the right bedtime. Mixing food in front of sleep. It will help encourage the synthesis of proteins and through loss. Read more

Parkinson’s Disease with Exercise May Slow the Progression of Aging

College of DuPage Nursing Student Michelle A Sok shared with Healthy Lombard that the lifespan of every human body is changing with age. Although this is true, sometimes diseases or other conditions can put a deliberating strain on an individual, whether young or old. A relatively common condition in older adults is Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Parkinson’s Disease, or paralysis agitans, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects mobility and is characterized by a loss of muscle control. The signs and symptoms include tremors, muscle rigidity (stiffness), akinesia (loss of movement), and postural instability. There is no cure for this disease and because of the manifestations, it affects an individual’s entire life. Management and safety are key to controlling and the symptoms and in as much as possible, slowing the progression of the disease.

Research has actually demonstrated in those with PD, that about 2.5 hours of exercise each week will slow the progression of PD ( resulting in an improved quality of life. According to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, exercise is considered safe and for most, is enjoyable in addition to easing many of the symptoms associated with PD. Exercises like yoga, tai chi, dancing, boxing, walking or swimming, as well as exercise classes that are offered in the work setting specifically for those with PD have been found to be beneficial. Learn more at or about research and exercise for PD. Read more

How Riding A Bike Improves Your Life

Deyvi Mardelli, from, a blog about transportation on two wheels and electric transportation, shared with Healthy Lombard that often times you may feel like you are in a rut and need a change. The easiest way to improve your well-being is not to visit the doctor, but rather, to incorporate exercise such as riding a bike into your daily life. The benefit of cycling is far better than any prescription drug, and you will find that your stress tends to fade away the more you ride your bike.Obviously riding a bike instead of using your car is one of the best contributions that we can do to the world, but also there are many things in which riding a bike favors you in your life. And I’m not talking only in physical health factors, also your mental and economic health will be benefited for this little action as we explain beyond:

1. How Cycling Will Boost Your Mental Alertness

If you often find yourself feeling groggy or run-down, then it is time to get active. Riding a bike is one of the easiest ways to increase feel-good hormones, as cardio but also high-intensity interval workout riding a bike makes you raising endorphins in your body and a better feeling after training. In just a short amount of time, you will find that you can think a lot more clearly, have far more energy, and it is easier to get to sleep each night.

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