There are many options when it comes to shoes to wear when working out. Every shoe won’t work for every person since each person’s feet are different and each foot may be different. It’s best to get your feet measured and get advice from a professional shoe store, but here are some basic tips to help you narrow down the large selection of athletic shoes.
1. Know Your Routine
Walking on a treadmill is different than running, and the same shoes may not work for both activities. Running on the treadmill is a very different motion than running on the ground and there is a much higher impact absorbed by the balls of the feet. Shoes that are worn for a workout on the treadmill need to provide proper cushioning to avoid injury.
2. Know Your Feet
Any exerciser that has foot problems should talk to their podiatrist before buying running or walking shoes because wearing the wrong shoes can cause injury and make foot problems worse. There are three common types of feet, which are;
*Normal Feet – most people have normal feet and there are the most shoe options for people with normal feet.
*Flat Feet – people with flat feet have no arch. Flat footed people tend to roll their feet inward when walking or running and should wear shoes that stabilize their feet.
*High-Arched Feet – high arches need special care because running often causes the arches of the feet to fall. Exercisers with high arches usually roll their feet outward while running. They need shoes that absorb shock and are flexible.
Shoes that are designed for walking or running should be lightweight so that it’s easy for the exerciser to move quickly. The problem with shoes that are very lightweight is that they contain very little padding.
Most people who run on a treadmill put more pressure on their heel than their toe, so extra cushioning is needed in the heel area of their shoes to soften the impact of running on a treadmill.
The best shoes are the ones that make the exerciser comfortable. Walking or running in uncomfortable shoes can lead to injury. It is also difficult to find motivation to exercise if you know that you’ll be uncomfortable.
If athletic shoes are not flexible enough, the exerciser may experience problems such as shin splints. Good running shoes should not bend in the arch, but they should bend at the ball of the foot. The shoes should also twist if someone twists them. Cross training shoes tend to be the best for a variety of activities, but may not be the best shoes for just running or walking.
Barefoot running is a popular trend, but it can be dangerous to run on a treadmill barefoot because most treadmills generate heat from the friction of the belt moving. Running barefoot on a treadmill can also cause runners to stub their toes where the belt meets the front of the machine.
Budget shouldn’t be the most important consideration when shopping for exercise shoes, but it is important for most people to find the highest quality shoe for the lowest possible price. Remember that the shoes will need to be replaced after being worn for 300-500 miles.
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