December 2016 Archive

Cosyfeet competition

30 Dec 2016 14:42:29

What’s your top tip for staying healthy this year? Let us know and you could win a Pedal Exerciser worth £34.

What’s your top tip for staying healthy this year?

Let us know and you could win a Pedal Exerciser worth £34. Send us your favourite tip for keeping healthy this year and the one we like best will win the prize. Email competition@cosyfeet.com with your top tip by 1st February 2017.

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To be in with the chance of winning our Pedal Exerciser (DMEP) worth £34, simply send us your top tip for staying healthy this year. To enter the competition, email your tip to competition@cosyfeet.com by 1st February 2017. Our favourite tip will win the Pedal Exerciser. All competition entries will be added to our email mailing list. We reserve the right to withdraw this competition at any time.

33 Comments | Posted in Competitions by Andrew Speed

Learn the secrets to good sleep

30 Dec 2016 14:36:00

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being. Getting enough quality sleep can help protect your mental health, physical health and quality of life.

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health and quality of life.

If you have difficulty falling asleep at night, there are a number of things you can try that may help.

  • 1. Try, as much as possible, to have a regular bedtime as this helps to set your internal body clock.
  • 2. Create a restful sleeping environment. Your bedroom should be neither too hot, nor too cold; and as quiet and dark as possible.
  • 3. Create a good sleep environment by removing TV’s and technical devices from your bedroom.
  • 4. Make sure your bed is comfortable. It’s difficult to get deep, restful sleep if it’s too soft, too hard, too small or too old.
  • 5. Try to relax before going to bed with a warm bath. Adding a few drops of lavender oil to the water may help you sleep better. Spraying your pillow or bedding with a slumber mist can also help you to relax and unwind at bedtime.

Click here to discover our Lavender and Chamomile Slumber Mist.

  • 6. Take more exercise. Regular, moderate exercise such as swimming or walking can help relieve the day’s stresses and strains. But not too close to bedtime as it may keep you awake.
  • 7. Avoid caffeine in tea, coffee or cola in the evening. It interferes with falling asleep and prevents deep sleep. Have a hot milky drink or herbal tea instead.
  • 8. Too much food or alcohol, especially late at night, can play havoc with sleep patterns. Alcohol may help you fall asleep initially, but will interrupt your sleep later on in the night.
  • 9. Try wearing bed socks. According to Swiss researchers, you are more likely to fall asleep quickly if your feet and hands are warm.
  • 10. If you can’t sleep, don’t lie there worrying about it. Get up and do something you find relaxing until you feel sleepy again - then go back to bed.

Click here to view our collection of Super-soft Bed Socks.

0 Comments | Posted in Cosyfeet Blog, Newsletter Articles by Andrew Speed

Walk your way to health

30 Dec 2016 13:55:05

According to a recent report, tens of thousands of lives could be saved each year in the UK if people simply walked more.

According to a recent report, tens of thousands of lives could be saved each year in the UK if people simply walked more.

The Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support concluded in their “Walking Works" report that walking could transform people's health by decreasing the odds of heart problems and stroke as well as making a difference in conditions such as type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's and many cancers.

Moderate exercise is great for people with diabetes. It helps you to control your blood sugar levels, watch your body weight and fight fatigue. And walking is a great way to get more active - especially if you're starting from scratch. You can take it easy to begin with and build up slowly as you get better.

If you have asthma, improving your fitness can be a great way for you to increase your lung capacity and help you to relax. Walking is a great way to improve your fitness - building up slowly and getting faster or walking further as you progress.

If you have heart problems, you've been diagnosed with heart disease or you're recovering from a heart attack, walking is a gentle way to start getting active.

It's also great at reducing the risk of developing heart disease, so if you've been told you need to look after your heart, walking can help you make a change for the better.

Of course it's vital that you check with your doctor before you start walking. But once you have the go ahead, you can go at your own pace and in your own time, and build up gradually as your health improves.

If you don't walk already and want to find out how to get started, you’ll find lots of tips and advice on the ‘Walking for Health’ website at www.walkingforhealth.org.uk.

Click here to discover our CosyTex™ waterproof footwear.

0 Comments | Posted in Cosyfeet Blog, Newsletter Articles by Andrew Speed

Simple tips to improve your health

19 Dec 2016 16:43:39

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions we make is to improve our heath. We’ve got a few simple tips which could help.

Three simple tips to improve your health in 2017

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions we make is to get fitter and healthier. We’ve got a few simple suggestions to help you stay in tip top condition in 2017.

1. Try to get enough sleep
According to recent research, a lie-in could actually do your body some good. In an experiment at Surrey University, researchers discovered that when volunteers cut back from seven-and-a-half to six-and-a-half hours' sleep a night, genes that are associated with processes like inflammation, immune response and response to stress became more active. The team also saw increases in the activity of genes associated with diabetes and risk of cancer. The reverse happened when the volunteers added an hour of sleep.

2. Keep your feet warm
Have you ever been told that you need to keep warm or you’ll catch a cold? And did you just dismiss it as an old wives’ tale? It’s been said time and time again that you can’t catch a cold by getting cold because they’re caused by viruses but maybe that isn’t the whole truth and there is some fact within the folklore. According to a study back in 2005, having cold feet can undermine your natural defences to colds and flu. Getting cold can lower the white blood cells of your immune system thereby opening the door to viruses. The study proved that people are almost 30% more likely to come down with flu when their feet are cold for just 20 minutes during flu season.

3. Get walking
According to a recent report, tens of thousands of lives could be saved each year in the UK if people simply walked more. The Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support concluded in their “Walking Works" report that walking could transform people's health by decreasing the odds of heart problems and stroke as well as making a difference in conditions such as type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's and many cancers. If you don't walk already and want to find out how to get started, you’ll find lots of tips and advice on the ‘Walking for Health’ website at www.walkingforhealth.org.uk

0 Comments | Posted in Cosyfeet Blog by Andrew Speed

Enjoy Christmas calm with lavender

19 Dec 2016 15:19:30

The festive season can be a stressful time of year. Find out how you can create some calm at Christmas with lavender oil.

The festive season can be a stressful time of year. Balancing the demands of shopping, cooking, family obligations and house guests can leave us feeling overwhelmed and tense.

An easy way to evoke feelings of calm and lower your stress levels is to use lavender oil. Lavender is known as a calming and relaxing herb and is frequently used for insomnia, anxiety, depression and stress relief. A study in the journal of Psychiatry Research found that when sniffed for five minutes, lavender oil deceased levels of cortisol, known as the ‘stress hormone’ in participants.

How to use lavender oil

  1. 1. Lavender oil is one of the few essential oils that can be used directly on your skin. For an immediate calming effect on the body, rub it on your feet, temples or wrists.
  2. 2. A few drops on a cotton wool ball placed in a small glass bowl in a room will create a calming effect and has the added benefit of deodorising the room of any unpleasant odours.
  3. 3. Try adding a few drops of lavender oil to your bath and soothe away the stresses of the day.
  4. 4. Burning lavender in an oil burner is the most effective way to disperse its scent. Fill the top of an oil burner with water. Add one or two drops of lavender essential oil to the water. Light a tea light and place it underneath the burner to heat the water and oil so they evaporate as steam.
  5. 5. Adding some drops of lavender to your pillow can help you relax, unwind and enjoy a better night’s sleep. Alternatively, you could use a spray that contains lavender such as our Lavender and Chamomile Slumber Mist.

Click here to view our collection of lavender products.

0 Comments | Posted in Cosyfeet Blog by Andrew Speed

December 2016 Newsletter Competition Winner

19 Dec 2016 13:03:00

Mary Dutton from Cheshire has won a Marks & Spencer Christmas Hamper for submitting the winning entry in our Christmas quiz, from our December Newsletter. Well done Mary!

Mary Dutton from Cheshire has won a Marks & Spencer Christmas Hamper for submitting the winning entry in our Christmas quiz, from our December Newsletter. Well done Mary!

0 Comments | Posted in Competition Winners by Andrew Speed

Free delivery when you spend £25 or more!

16 Dec 2016 16:06:44

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To redeem our FREE delivery offer (UK standard delivery) on all orders of £25 or more, simply add any item/s worth £25 or more to your basket and enter the code CFDECFP when prompted. This offer expires at 11.59pm on 19th December 2016. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offer available on in-stock items only and/or if all items are in stock. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

0 Comments | Posted in Cosyfeet Blog, Latest Offers by Andrew Speed

Dance Direct - 15th December 2016

15 Dec 2016 09:01:54

We’re pleased to see that Dance Direct have featured our local Community Award winner, YAMA, in their latest blog post...

We’re pleased to see that Dance Direct have featured our local Community Award winner, YAMA, in their latest blog post. Read the article today: http://blog.dancedirect.com/2016/12/15/success-60s-group-yama/

0 Comments | Posted in On The Web by James Stott

Comfy shoes for Christmas shopping

14 Dec 2016 08:29:47

With all that pavement-pounding and standing in queues, Christmas shopping can be hard on the feet. Wearing comfortable, well-fitting footwear is vital if you want to last the day.

With all that pavement-pounding and standing in queues, Christmas shopping can be hard on the feet. Wearing comfortable, well-fitting footwear is vital if you want to last the day. Cosyfeet’s range of extra wide fitting shoes offer lots of comfort and support so they’re ideal if you’re planning to shop ‘til you drop!

Top of our list of shopping-friendly footwear is Belle. This sporty-looking shoe is made from soft, premium leathers and is exceptionally comfy and supportive. It has a padded tongue which opens to the toe so it’s easy to get on a swollen foot and the top-to-toe lace adjusts to fit a range of swelling.Belle It has a soft, padded collar that fits both swollen and slimmer ankles so it’s very supportive. It’s also deep enough to support orthotics and has a seam-free toe area so it’s perfect for problem toes. The hard-wearing, flexible sole is ideal for walking long distances on unforgiving surfaces such as pavements and shop floors.

0 Comments | Posted in Cosyfeet Blog by James Stott

A stress-free Christmas for pets

12 Dec 2016 11:27:21

The festive season is a fun time for many of us but it can also bring problems for pets. The PDSA have put together some top tips to help you keep your pets safe this Christmas.

Keep your pets safe this Christmas

The festive season is a fun time for many of us but it can also bring problems for pets. The PDSA have put together some top tips to help you keep your pets safe this Christmas.

  • Choose Christmas decorations that are labelled non-toxic
  • Keep cables from Christmas tree lights out of reach or get a cable guard they can’t chew through, because rabbits, cats and dogs will try!
  • Vacuum regularly to reduce the risk of real or fake pine needles being ingested by your pet
  • Don’t give your pets chocolate, it contains theobromine which is toxic to dogs and other pets
  • Don’t use edible decorations on your tree, they will be sniffed out and pulled down
  • If a gift contains food or chocolate don’t leave it under the tree. Your pet might open it before you get the chance and eat something that’s dangerous

  • Christmas plants may look pretty but poinsettias, mistletoe, holly, amaryllis, ferns and pine sap are poisonous to cats and dogs
  • If you’re having guests make sure children are supervised when they are near your pet to avoid injury to either party
  • Don’t forget to be careful of children’s toys as small parts left around can be swallowed
  • Create a safe space for your pet – perhaps a spare bedroom or utility room – where they can escape the commotion. Put food, water, toys and a bed in there
  • Make sure guests know to close any doors, windows or gates to stop a panicked pet making an accidental escape
  • Keep up your pets regular feeding and exercise routines to minimise upheaval
  • Long walks will tire out your dog and stop them getting bored or disruptive
  • Don’t choose the festive period to try your pet on a new diet. Stick to their usual routine as much as possible to minimise stress at this busy time
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