FINDING THE RIGHT WORKOUT SHOES
Wearing the right shoes can make or break a workout. Most people don’t know that the right workout shoes can enhance your workouts and the wrong shoes can make for a painful workout. Are you wearing the right shoes?
One of the reasons for giving up an exercise routine is excessive pain caused by working out. What’s sad about this is that a lot of workout pain may be prevented by a good pair of exercise shoes. If you’re starting a workout routine, you should invest in a quality pair of shoes. Good shoes will support your feet and align your body correctly; you’ll feel less pain in your legs, back, and, of course, your feet. Here are some tips for finding the right shoe to fit your feet and your needs.
1. Get your foot fitted by a professional. For example-if you are a runner, go to a running shoe store where a professional can fit the shoe that works for your foot.
2. Shop for workout shoes late in the day. That's when your feet are the largest due to being on your feet from walking around.
3. Make sure there's a half inch of space in front of your longest toe, and that you can easily wiggle your toes. Then slip off the shoes and compare them with your bare feet. If each shoe isn't obviously wider and longer than your foot, go half a size bigger.
4. If you want to use your shoes for a specific activity, i.e. tennis, running, etc., get a shoe designed for that specific sport. It’s going to provide better support and flexibility in the areas specific to the movement you’ll be doing. For instance, tennis shoes provide better side to side support while running shoes provide more front and back support. You’ll also find a difference in flexibility between certain types of shoes.
5. Find a shoe that fits the shape of your foot. A shoe with proper support should feel snug all over. This means the insole is absorbing the pressure, not your foot. If you can’t find a shoe with enough support, get orthotic inserts. This is especially important if you already experience foot pain. For severe foot pain, you should be fitted for a customized orthotic by your doctor.
6. Find a shoe that fits how you walk, run, or cross train. This is actually usually determined by the shape of your feet; specifically how high your arches are. Overpronators’ feet roll inward as they run. They often have flat feet and should buy shoes marked for stability or motion control. Supinators’ feet roll outwards as they run. The usually have high arches and should look for shoes marked as flexible or cushioned.
If you follow these simple rules, you’ll be sure to find the perfect pair of shoes for you!