Not All Workout Shoes Are Created Equal

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For exercising, choosing the right footwear is essential; poor sneaker choices can leave feet tired and sore after a workout.

It is important to select footwear based on the type of activity you plan to participate in. Remember to try on sneakers before buying to ensure that the fit is correct.

Picking out the Footwear

Although the sales associate may not appreciate your smelly feet, it is recommended by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society that you try on workout shoes after you have exercised. At this point, your feet will be at their largest and a better size determination can be made. When you’re trying the shoes on, wear the same type of socks you would wear during exercise. Lace the shoes up tightly before testing them out.

You must move around in the footwear you are trying on for your workouts. Take a few laps around the store or run in place. The footwear should have a good grip and not slip when you’re in motion. Your feet should not hurt while wearing the shoes and you should be able to freely wiggle your toes.

Important Considerations

Check the labels to determine the type of sneakers you’re considering before making your final purchase. For instance, basketball and baseball shoes are not necessarily the right type of footwear to use when going for a jog or a walk. According to WebMD, running shoes are built to reinforce stability and support when moving in a continuous forward motion. Even walking and running shoes are made differently. Walking shoes have a stiffer heel while running shoes will have more cushioning in the forefront of the sneaker. For sports where you need to move side to side, the shoe should have more support laterally.

Specialty Footwear

If you participate in a particular sport at least twice a week, you need footwear just for that sport. Sports that require you to compete on a field may call for studs or spikes to be attached to the soles. If you’re on the ice or snow for your activity, you must have footwear that provides adequate ankle support.

Getting the right footwear will make all the difference when exercising. When in doubt, you can always select a cross-trainer type of footwear that has the front and lateral support that permits you to participate in various types of exercises.

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