Workout attire is important not only in how you look during your workout but to your comfort as well. People wear matching outfits, making sure they look good when they walk in the door. But there’s one thing a lot of people don’t make a fuss over and that’s shoes. This article will explain why shoes are so important for you and your safety and are not just about looks.
Let’s begin with what kind of workout shoes to buy. I know those retro type are cool, and Nike’s and Reebok have some hot, inexpensive ones. Even places like Costco sell basic, inexpensive brands, but purchasing inappropriate shoes for exercise can hinder your workout and cause injuries. If you’re serious about your workouts then your shoes need to be just as important as your entire exercise plan.
When deciding what shoe to purchase, your main activity should determine your type of shoe. If you’re one who participates in high-impact activities, you need a shoe that will support this kind of workout. Search for an aerobic shoe with great front cushioning, shock absorbing and stability. If you strength train and use cardio equipment and basic sports, you need a good cross trainer that is light, sturdy with moderate cushioning and stability. If you’re one who enjoys running, boot camps, sports training or working with personal trainers, you need a supportive cushion running shoe that supports plyometric movements, lots of pounding and stop and go activity. And last, if you like walking, hiking, outside activities then a good walking shoe with excellent ankle support is the best choice.
Another important factor of workout shoes is how often you should change them. If possible, a great way to prolong the life of your shoe is to have a few pair and rotate them. By doing so, you could probably change them every seven months or so. If using the same pair daily, they need to be replaced approximately every four to five months. Tread is not always the indicator as when you should replace them; the hours used are the important part. Cross trainer and aerobic shoes last about 120 hours, running shoes, 550 miles, and walking shoes every 600 miles. So, those shoes you’ve been hanging on to for the past few years have to go. Sorry.
Alright, we talked about what shoes and when to replace, but how about getting fitted with the correct one? The best way to determine the perfect size shoe for you is to check out a running store. They will actually measure your foot, width and flexibility. They also perform a test where you run barefoot on a treadmill, video tape it and then play it back so you can see what your feet do as you run. The best part about this is its free. Of course they sell shoes, but you don’t have to buy them there because they are typically expensive.
If you decide to purchase shoes on your own, try on many different brands to determine which suits you; searching for comfort and a proper fit. Something I always do to test the stability of the shoe is hold the toe and heel and twist it opposite ways. If the shoe twist easily it most likely doesn’t provide good stability. Once you find a brand you are comfortable with it’s best to stick with it.
Finally, shoes are probably the one area you do not want to be cheap with when purchasing. There truly is a difference when buying expensive versus inexpensive shoes. But just because you buy an expensive shoe doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you. Again, you need to do your research, try shoes on, and buy based on your physical activity.