Eating Habits, Flat Footedness and Jump Rope...Oh My

Eating Habits, Flat Footedness and Jump Rope...Oh My

Ask Stew Smith, Navy SEAL

Common Fitness Questions:

1) How Do I Change Bad Eating Habits? 2) Relieving Pain from Flat Footedness? 3) Is Jump Roping Good for Cardio?

Changing Your Eating Habits

"Do you have any advice with changing bad habits, or advice on what kinds of food I could eat on the run at work or could take in the patrol car with me through an entire shift? Also, any other changes I could make to my workout to help increase metabolism?"

This is what I do for food, but when on the road I usually try to find a Subway at worst and eat a multigrain bread sandwich / lettuce / tomato etc.. Lay off mayo and go with mustard.

Always add a salad - even McDs and Wendy's have salads now. It is OK to eat chicken grilled / not fried...

How is the workout going? -This will make all the difference in the world - in fact if you workout hard enough you can have some of those foods you love every now and then (once a week). I would check out some of the ideas in the Fitness Article Archive for ideas to add to your current workout. Adding pull-ups, pushups, running, swimming and/or weight lifting will be just the thing you need to do to help you get back in the weight loss column.

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Relieving the Pain of Flat Footedness

"What can I do to relieve the pain of flat footedness? I get severe pain in the heel portion of my right foot when I run for more than 20 minutes. The pain doesn't occur until after the run. I wear insoles provided by the U.S. Army."

Flat foot running...It is tough but you need a good shoe / perhaps a shoes store that does gait analysis for you. Then they can tell you want type of shoe will work for you.

There are over the counter / prescription inserts a physical therapist can give you to help BUT for the OTC try this link.

If you push too hard you could end up with Plantar Faciitis which it sounds like you have and that will take months to heel properly so perhaps it is time to see a doctor if it hurts to run or walk.

My saying is - "If it hurts to run, STOP. If it hurts to walk, DO NOT RUN. If it hurts doing nothing, see a DOCTOR!"


Using Jump Rope for Cardio

"What's your opinion on the jump rope for cardio? I started a jump rope routine, alternating between tapping twice with my feet, and full blown swinging and jumping."

"By the way I enjoy the supersets, and pyramids; it's really let me get a bit more out of my workouts. I'm planning to joining the Nat'l Guard next year. Thanks so much also for the articles and tips!"

Jump rope is a great way to get the leg muscles / arm muscles and lungs working if you can manage a few minutes non-stop with the jump rope. I like to do pushups, pull-ups, bench dips, and abs mixed in with some jump rope sets for 1-2 minutes one day and then mix in squats, lunges, obliques with jump rope for the following day IF I cannot get out to run, bike, or swim. Jump rope is a staple of boxers and they will usually do rounds of three minutes with jumping rope to simulate the moving in the ring for a full round.

But since you seek military training in your future you should start adding some running with your plan when you can. See my running and cardio articles for more info on how to get started and avoid injury.

Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. If you are interested in starting a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle - check out the Fitness eBook store and the Stew Smith article archive at To contact Stew with your comments and questions, e-mail him at

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