What ARE the right shoes?
by Marylin Salgado
There are literally hundreds of shoes on the market. So, which are the right shoes to protect your feet from the pressures of weight training and squats, or running on the treadmill? I have personally found that Asics are great for my personal training and workouts. But, others I know have found that New Balance or Nike works for them. Before I fell into my perfect brand of workout shoes, I had some fallouts. This is not about the brand. It is about comfort and what type of shoe you need to protect your feet, shin and knees from low to high impact workouts.
Ladies, we are all about the looks, but when it comes to training or running shoes, it’s not about style but comfort and function. We all look in the mirror to see how good we look, but if that shoe is too tight or too lose, your will have a very uncomfortable workout. I would also recommend buying shoes in the evening. Our bodies tend to swell up in the evening due to several factors, including being on our feet too long or simply our diet. If you like to add salt to your diet every day, your feet will swell up from water retention. Lastly, break the shoes at home, not at the gym. Wear them to walk at home the first few days and then you may find if this specific shoe is the right fit for you.
If you have flat feet, you will find running difficult. Find a shoe that can help arch your foot slowly and within time. Some flat feet remain flat and you will not notice any issues pre or post workout. The same goes for those individuals with high arches. Either way you need to protect your feet and lower back. I have a high arch and even with a shoe that protected that arch, I had to buy insoles to further protect my feet, shin and knees from my workouts. I also had to consult my doctor to make sure adding insoles to my trainers would not cause further damage to my feet, since I was already suffering from the early stages of Plantar Fasciitis. This condition causes heel inflammation and pain and is quite common among runners. Please do consult your physician if you feel you need assistance in finding the right shoes for your workout or talk to a fitness specialist in your area.
Whether they are cross trainers, or running shoes, find the fit that works for you!
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