Whether your workout involves running, walking, sports or gym equipment, a decent sport shoe is a must. Injury caused by inappropriate shoes can needlessly derail your fitness or weight loss attempt. Investing in a quality shoe can help you to prevent foot and ankle damage, and make your workout a more pleasant and comfortable experience.
Types of Shoe
A variety of sport shoes are on the market for every type of exercise.
Running shoes that have inbuilt shock absorbers are available for joggers, and lightweight
walking shoes are available for walkers.
Aerobic shoes are lightweight and shock absorbing to prevent foot fatigue and to cushion the ball of the foot, which is put under pressure from aerobic exercise.
Tennis shoes have flexible soles to protect your feet from the quick side-to-side movements of tennis.
Thick-soled, high top basketball shoes provide extra protection against ankle and foot injuries caused by jumping.
Cross-training shoes are also available. These are suitable if you perform a number of sport or exercise types in your workout.
Choosing a Shoe
It is recommended If you perform a certain type of exercise three times a week or more, choose a corresponding sport shoe.
try on shoes in the afternoon or evening, or after your workout as your feet are largest at these times.
Try the shoes on with sports socks to ensure a good fit and stand up when trying the shoes to make sure they fit.
Leave a half inch between your big toe and the tip of the shoe and make sure you can easily wiggle your toes.
Bend the shoe to make sure it is not overly flexible as this can indicate a lack of support.
Benefits of a Proper Shoe
Choosing a proper shoe can help to protect you against common injuries associated with your type of workout. Good shoes can lessen the impact of your step and cushion the foot from heavy landings. In addition, sport or exercise specific shoes can improve your performance, enabling, for example, quick direction changes.
Foot Injuries and Shoes
Improper workout footwear can cause a number of injuries. Besides the more obvious injuries, including ankle strains and fractures, bunions and corns, some other lesser known injuries are common. Metatarsalgia, a condition which presents as pain in the ball of the foot, can be worsened by poorly fitting footwear
Replacing Your Shoes
Worn out sport shoes do not provide your feet with adequate protection during your workout, running shoes should be replaced after every 350 to 500 miles. If you run 20 miles a week, this means you should replace your shoes every 20 to 25 weeks.
Do not judge the wear of your shoes from the treads on the bottom. Instead, check the mid-sole of the shoe that will show damage sooner.
5 Biggest Mistakes When Choosing Workout Shoes
1. Grabbing Whatever’s Handy
The biggest mistake people make when they start running, jogging, or some other exercise program is just reaching into the cupboard and pulling out an old pair of trainers. An old pair of shoes may no longer have the support you need. And even more problematic, that pair of shoes might be inappropriate for the activity you choose.
2. Choosing the Right Shoe -- for the Wrong Workout
You need to choose the right type of shoe for the kind of workout you’ll be doing.
A shoe made for running is very different from a shoe made for basketball or tennis.
Running shoes have no lateral stability built into them because you don’t move your feet laterally when you run. You’re only going forward. A running shoe is built to give you support and stability as you move your foot through the running gait cycle