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The Right Fit for an Active Life

Healthy Jumpstart

Being active is essential for good health. Living a sedentary lifestyle results in an increased risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, anxiety, depression and even certain types of cancers. Making the decision to get active is one of the best ways to help prevent disease and improve your overall well-being. But, it’s not always easy to know where to start.

When Anne Rappert made the decision to get active, she knew she would need some help. Together, Anne and her health coaches, Sam Schnell and Julie Cleaves, would create a fitness plan to help Anne achieve her goals. But, before she could get started with her new workout routine, Anne needed the right gear to help her avoid injuries.

One of the biggest obstacles to getting and staying active is injuries. Luckily, there are steps you can take to avoid getting sidelined. And, being fitted with the right shoes is a great first step. Last month, Anne, Sam and Julie went to Fleet Feet Sports to make sure Anne had shoes that would help her on her wellness journey.

Anne met with Fleet Feet’s owner, Jeremy Schapiro, for the shoe fitting. In the beginning, Anne was a little bit nervous to have a group of people watching her, but Jeremy put her right at ease. To help make sure each customer is fitted with the right shoes, Fleet Feet takes a very thorough approach. First, Jeremy asked Anne what her goals were. Anne explained she wasn’t a runner (yet), and was just looking for a shoe that she’d be wearing for all sorts of new activities. She planned on heading to the gym, as well as playing basketball with her kids.

Jeremy was enthusiastic about helping Anne achieve her new activity goals. He made a few recommendations based on her input. He explained to her Fleet Feet’s process. “Whether you try on a couple pairs of shoes or eight, we will work with you to find that right match. From getting them on to lacing them up the right way, we’re here through the whole thing.”


Anne was impressed with Jeremy’s approach. “I really didn’t know what to expect and have never had undivided attention like that before when buying a pair of tennis shoes. Jeremy was very knowledgeable and friendly. The shoes feel great.”

Anne’s health coaches were also impressed. Julie explained, “I liked that they tried a few different moderate stability shoes which is what Anne was looking for. With walking and possibly running in the near future, they were able to narrow down the type of shoe needed. Then, Jeremy watched her gait and pronation. They tried on three different pairs which allowed her to feel the difference and see what worked well.”

Sam was very pleased with Anne’s experience, too. “This shoe fitting was above and beyond what I was expecting. When watching Anne at Fleet Feet, they took her through so many different tests to ensure that she was going to be fitted for the proper shoe. I love that she was taken care of and felt comfortable throughout the whole process.”

After purchasing her new shoes, Anne was excited to get moving. She made plans to participate in one of Fleet Feet’s training programs. Jeremy was happy to help Anne on her wellness journey and wanted to offer more support. He not only provided Anne with the insoles for her new shoes, but offered two gift certificates for the training program. Anne will be using one and she is offering the other program to a lucky supporter.

Leave an inspirational message below and you will be automatically entered into a drawing for the Fleet Feet Training Program Gift Certificate. The program has a $60-$100 value (depending on which program you pick) and you can learn more about the training programs here.




  1.  Rebecca Sirna says:

    Anne, you are truly an inspiration. It is so great to read the updates, and see your progress. As well as being able to incorporate your new healthy ways of life, into my life! I can’t wait to see the progress you make on this journey!

  2.  Amy Pingel says:

    Keep up the great work!

  3.  Jan Cobia says:

    Congratulations again to Anne as she is making these lifestyle changes!

  4.  Rema says:

    Congratulations Anne! It can be difficult to start a journey like this one but you have jumped right in and it has been great to see the excitement and energy that surrounds you. Your “can do” attitude is wonderful. Keep up the good work and know that so many are inspired by you.

  5.  Mark Geiger says:

    Very exciting. The smiles say it all. What shoe did Anne end up choosing?

  6.  Susie Gilbert says:

    Anne you are doing an excellent job!! Getting on the right track to a healthy lifestyle is a challenge and you are embracing it to the max. You are an inspiration! Keep up the great work.

  7.  Georgia Dryer says:

    So proud of Anne and her progress. Now she has taken another “big step” with getting the right shoes to help her continue her journey. I had been to Fleet Feet before my trip to Disney last year and was also very pleased with their personal service. Anne, I wish you well with their training programs.

  8.  Ashley Schertz says:

    I love being able to see all the of the different things you are doing and all of the progress you are making – and getting out of your comfort zone. You continue to amaze everyone with your dedication and being open to the whole process. KEEP UP THE HARD WORK ANNE!

  9.  Kari says:

    Excited for you, Anne. Keep up the great work!

    I love Fleet Feet. I’m not much of a runner, but I used to get terrible shin splints even just going for a long walk. Turns out, I needed more stability in my shoes, and a very affordable soft insert did the trick. It can be intimidating walking into a running store if you’re not a runner. Everyone at Fleet Feet has been super helpful and very welcoming. I even brought my mom in to get a pair of shoes when she was experiencing a lot of knee pain at work. She’s on her feet all day, and better quality shoes help her stay active, too.

  10.  Sally Bowman says:

    I like this quote Anne to remind me of the end goal, “Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.” ~Doug Firebaugh. You’re doing an awesome job Anne!

  11.  Hannah Neylon says:

    I love following along with Anne’s progress! Starting a new exercise or running routine can be really intimidating, but Fleet Feet has always gotten me started on a positive note with the right gear.

  12.  Nanette Williams says:

    Kudos to you Anne for having the willpower to stick with this! You are experiencing things that will be beneficial now and in the future!

  13.  Nancy Weber says:

    What a great team of supporters to have in your corner, and all the effort you are putting in is sure paying off! Keep up the good work!

  14.  Connie Chynoweth says:

    Great job Anne! Keep going…you can do this.

  15.  Sally Schuerer says:

    Anne, I am so happy for you and have been enjoying watching you succeed. You are and inspiration that anything is possible. Looks like Fleet Feet is where I should head for my next pair of shoes. Sounds like they provide great service. Keep up the good work Anne! You rock

  16.  Jenn Resch says:

    Anne, you are doing a great job!

    Fleet Feet is the best place to go with questions and for help. They always take the perfect amount of time with a person to help them find what is right for their goals.

  17.  Liisa Analore says:

    Anne- you are doing awesome! I’m so thankful you are sharing your journey with us. A phrase that my best friend taught me to say to myself when I went back to college was, “I breathe in, breathe out, put one foot in front of the other. Take one day at a time…” You are doing just that!

    You go girl!

  18.  Lisa Sitter says:

    Keep up the hard work and be proud of every achievement. Every step counts. What a great way to share inspiration and motivation!

  19.  Nichole says:

    Ann you are doing a tremendous job! Keep up the good work. You are truly an inspiration to others! We are supporting you all the way!

  20.  Toni Gagnon says:

    I am so very proud of you Anne. I am excited for you also to see where this journey leads you. You are looking great already! Keep it up. You can do it!!!!!
    Toni G

  21.  Chelsy says:

    Thank you for your willingness to share your story with others. It is stories like yours that motivate others to make the choice to take the steps to lead to a healthier life. You have a great support system. Keep up the amazing work.

  22.  Natalie Wedge says:

    One change I have made is taking a walk after a dinner. Now that the weather is getting better it is such a treat, I bring my family along and it is a great way for all of us to catch up while being active instead of watching TV like we normally do. Anne, is doing an amazing job. I love following her journey, it is so encouraging.

  23.  Sandy Zietlow says:

    Hi Anne – your inspiration and devotion in the journey has been remarkable! Your energy and enthusiasm stands out and it’s contagious – which is great! I’m so proud of your accomplishments and remember, be thankful for each milestone through this journey and forge ahead. Keep up the great work!

  24.  Wendy Jacob says:

    Keep up the fantastic job Anne…remember slow and steady wins the race. you will soon take on new habits that will replace old habits to help you in your new lifestyle. Hope to see you again in my class you did awesome!!!

  25.  Kristy Coonen says:

    You are doing amazingly well! I am verify impresses and it gives me encouragement seeing you around work and seeing your progress! Keep it going!

  26.  Marsha K says:

    I know how hard this journey is Anne. Thanks for sharing. You are a great inspiration!

  27.  Alice Griffin says:

    Sometimes the hardest things we have to do is push ourselves. To become aware and admit we can be healthier is a choice – but it can be scary, overwhelming, and intimidating. Your an amazing inspiration, and this lifestyle change will be worth every step. Great job!!

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