best shoes for walking

I love my job and as trying as it can be to fit in a full-time working week, family needs, house needs, after school activities, shopping, ironing and all the rest that comes with a normal day to day life. I don’t want to stop working just yet.

However, certain areas of my life are slipping and one of those is fitness. I don’t go to the gym anymore, I don’t like running, I rarely go swimming these days and if I do it’s just a dip in the sea. What I do like to do and it fits in around the madness of my life is walk.

I treated myself to a Fitbit last year with my birthday money and have worn it more or less every day since. I love how it tells me how many steps I have done, it prompts me to get up and move if I’ve been sitting too long and it can show me how I have slept which I find oddly fascinating to check.

Now the days are longer and brighter, I can walk the girls to the local clubs and at the same time stretch my legs, get a breath of fresh air and add some steps to my Fitbit count.

Millet Sports got in touch recently and asked if I would be interested in reviewing a pair of their walking shoes. I didn’t even know there were such things as walking shoes! I clicked on their link and came across a lovely selection of what I would call trainers but trainers have come a long way since back in the day.

I am now the very proud owner of these beauties, the best shoes for walking!

best shoes for walking

First of all, they look the part and I am sure you will agree on that note. Nice colours, nice style and look sturdy but comfortable at the same time.

Secondly, they are comfortable and supportive too.

I have worn them to walk Baxter with a couple of school mums whilst the girls were at Brownies one evening but I had to stop and take Baxter home because he couldn’t keep up the fast pace. It was also a very hot evening, poor boy.

I have used them to walk up to the shops and back. To accompany the girls to clubs but I am really looking forward to do some proper walking and I have in mind to complete the Viking Trail in Thanet, have you done it yet?

So if you are looking for the best shoes for walking, then take a look at the Millet’s range as I think you’ll really like them.

Disclosure: I was sent a pair of the best shoes for walking for the purpose of this review.

 

run faster shoes

Here she goes again right? Whittling on about getting fit and pwah ha ha! Couch to 5k? 

When I first spoke to husband about this idea he told me not to bother, he said, ‘You know you won’t do it, why bother in the first place?’ Not the best encouragement I’m sure you’ll agree but he does have a point. I continue, Every Single Year to want to get fit, I yearn to have back my youthful body, no saggy belly, no lumps and bumps the  proof that time is slowly showing it’s face on me.

I look at some of my friends on my Facebook timeline, they LOVE sport! Some cycle, some run, some go for brisk walks and then there’s me, typing at a ‘puter all day every day (which I love, don’t get me wrong) but I need to get out, I need to get fit, I need to do something.

But how?

Well there are lots of initiatives around, Race for Life, Race for This, Race for That, all raising money for charity and giving people all over the country the urge to get up and run.

I am not a huge fan of sport which is weird because at school I had activities every single evening, netball, hockey, gymnastics, ballet. I grew out of it I suppose and had the luxury of living in a good body that consumed all the junk I put in.

Nowadays with my metabolism slowing down, I don’t seem to be able to do such a good job anymore with the calories I consume. This then makes me feel sad and so I get all ‘Who cares? I might as well cheer myself up with a bit of chocolate.’ and bang I am back in the vicious cycle again.

I have decided to start small.

I have made the first step by downloading the app Couch to 5K and then I spoke to various people about doing Race for Life – shall I? Shan’t I? I’m so undecided.

Anyway I chatted about this whole dilemma with SportsShoes and they said I am not alone, that women and men up and down the country have the same lack of get up and go but maybe a brand new pair of running shoes would be more encouraging than husband? What an idea SportsShoes, maybe you are right? Some new Run Faster shoes might do the trick.

So I ordered that pair at the top, it took me a while to decide as there are hundreds of designs, colours, models and makes but I am very happy. I have been wearing them on the school run (it’s a start, right?) I love how there are no laces to tie up, just that black thing to pull. They are also super comfy, almost comfy enough to start running a bit – next week because you know it’s Bank Holiday weekend and I’m not sure I’ll fit any running in…

Disclosure: SportsShoes very kindly sent me a pair of trainers for the purpose of this post BUT also to try and encourage me to get up and out more. They have some beautiful trainers and at very reasonable prices too.

Trainer TuesdayOur school does a lot to try and encourage children into walking to and from school. Their initiatives help cut down on traffic and bad driving around the school plus it promotes good habits of walking, fresh air and moments away from screens.

They have been holding Trainer Tuesdays for years and who doesn’t like to get their trainers on every now and then? If a trainer has been sized properly they can feel like slippers and I for one can get far too accustomed to my sports shoes and fall into the habit of wearing them all the time.

I also think owning a pair of trainers is a rite into The Land of Being Cool.

I wasn’t the mum who kitted her babies in incy-wincy  trainers – they kick them off all the time so I couldn’t see the point and until now the girls have used the trainers and shoes I have found on my shopping journeys, bought because they were on special offer, cute, pretty, fun. Whatever ticked the box on that particular shopping expedition.

So when SportsShoes got in touch and invited me to take a look at their collection I was really pleased to find some very girly trainers in there too, shoes I knew my two would love.

SportsShoes asked ‘The government promised to support the Olympic legacy and invest £100 million into primary school sports.* Do you feel that your children’s school has a suitable amount of outdoor space for sport and enough hours of PE teaching a week?

Well actually the Koalas have two PE sessions a week, one indoor and one outdoor, this is one more than Reception year. It also means double kit, plimsoles for indoors and trainers for outside along with tracksuits and jackets in case of it being cold.

The initial outlay at the beginning of the year is quite expensive and I have made sure that everything is properly named as I have seen them getting changed here at home where clothes end up all over the place, trouble is I forgot to name vests and we are already two down one month into term.

I am very happy with our schools view on PE, the classes they give and the areas we have available. The girls always chat happily about their physical education lessons. They sound like a lot of fun. I’m also really happy they do Trainer Tuesdays and the girls will come home with a sticker to show they walked to school too that day.

Have you noticed your primary school investing in sports?

Disclosure: We were sent two pairs of trainers shown in the photo by SportsShoes who have a fabulous collection of shoes for all ages.

Six? Seven weeks into 2011? and so far not a massive amount of progress on any keep fit/dieting regime I may have loosely promised myself at the start of the year. Oh but that is so typically me that anyone who knows me didn’t even raise an eyebrow there. Sport is sooo not my thing, I mean I like an aerobics lesson, loads of women in a hot stuffy room all jumping, running and moving to pounding music trying their best to keep up with the insanely thin instructor. That’s ok but the girls won’t stay in the creche without bursting into tears so I had to give that up. Consequently the sport area of my life has been filled with er…nothing.

But dear readers, on closer inspection of said area I have been doing one tiny little thing which may just make an enormous difference. It’s quite exciting isn’t it? You see every time I leave the house and change from my slippers to ‘outdoor’ footwear I have been slipping into my Reebok Easytone trainers. Now this isn’t a sponsored post, Reebok sadly did not courier me a pair of their running shoes with promises that I’d have an Elle Macpherson body by Easter if I wrote a few words. No,no, no. I flicked through my Next catalogue as my old trainers were busted and I needed to replace them. If you’re like me you will hate the day when you actually have to give in and consign those beloved treasures to the bin but my toes were peeping through the front stitching and if it rained too much my feet got wet so execution day it was for my old trusted Nikes.

There was no way I was facing a shoe shop with the twins in tow, so catalogue it was and surprisingly there were quite a few different options open to me but a pair of trainers that promised to tone my butt and my legs whilst I went about my every day tasks was too much to refuse. I ordered a pair right away and anxiously waited their arrival. That was back in September and since then I have got more and more used to them, wearing them ever more frequently. When I tried them on for the first time I noticed immediately I was taller this is probably due to the exclusive feature of Moving Air Technology with balance ball inspired pods (sounds magnificent doesn’t it?) These pods create micro instability and softness with every step and boy you should see me walk these days ;)

So £75 later, what are my thoughts? Well I like them. They look like a normal pair of trainers but to the untrained eye I’m having a mini workout, a micro workout where it counts. I wear them with jeans or track suit and I wear them every day, shopping, taking the girls out or just family walks. Have I noticed an improvement yet? Well that was my question to you, what do you think?

Personally I need to step up my training regime and I shall have you know that I am planning to walk 20 mins – half an hour on the days Paul gets back from work around 6 o’clock. These sessions will include brisk walking and as I get fitter interspersed with bursts of running, she writes confidently. Oh it all sounds so good on paper doesn’t it?

Should the lovely people at Reebok wish to send me a pair of size 5 Easytone Flip‘s to try out this Spring/Summer I could continue this experiment for a lot longer and give you all such a more detailed review allowing you to decide whether you too would like a cute derriere just like mine.

Step this way Ladies for gorgeous butts :)