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Yep, that’s right, Shape-Ups.  I was only familiar with these through advertisements that claim the shoes are designed to “tone the calves and firm the glutes.”  When my niece pointed out that “grandpa” was wearing Shape-Ups, I laughed so hard I almost cried.  I had no idea my dad was into firming his glutes or calves, maybe he had a modeling contract that I hadn’t heard about yet. 

So, I decided to ask my dad about these crazy, dutch-looking shoes.  He said that the shoes make his back and joints feel better when walking….nice cover dad, just tell the truth, that you really want shapely legs and buns.  BTW, I am still laughing.  And, then, I see a commercial for these shoes that very same night.  And, low and behold, Joe Montana is the spokesperson for the “Shape-Ups.”  It all comes together now.  You see, my dad loves Joe and would probably buy pink tutus or a ticket to the moon from him, if he were selling those.  At this point, I am still chuckling to myself. 

Okay, I will stop making fun of my father and his Shape-Ups, that was not the intention of this post.  The Shape-Ups are just a segue into my father’s walking.  He walks 2-4 miles per day.  He goes outside when the weather is nice, and goes to Menard’s to walk the perimeter in inclimate weather.  I use him as an example to my patients, whether they are in their 20’s or 80’s.  And, mostly, whenever I hear them say that their activity is weather-dependent, which is quite often.  Indiana…its either too hot, too cold, too rainy, too icy, etc….the weather is never going to be consistently nice, its not an excuse anymore.  If my 76 year old father can do it, so can they, so can I, and so can you, with or without Shape-Ups.


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