In a word or a few – to avoid injury. In fact, no matter what you are doing, your shoes need to be the right shoes for what you are partaking in. Whether that is walking, running, hiking or for the gym, your workout shoes play an important role in how well you will do in that activity and how injury-free you will be.
If you’ve ever walked into a sports shoe retailer, you will know how daunting it can be. There seems to be a shoe for every sport, every type of foot, and every size and gender. A reputable retailer will generally have a competent and knowledgeable consultant there to assist you with what you need. But, take a read so that you are in the know before you go in.
First, start with what activity you will be taking part in. For running, will you be running short distances i.e. up to 5km, or longer such as 10km, half marathons, full marathons or ultra-marathons? The type of shoe you choose needs to fit the distance.
If you’re a walker, there are walking-specific types of shoes too. But again, what distance and in addition, how heavy is your walking step? This is important for both runners and walkers. Some shoes come with a built-in shock absorber to cater for this.
Aerobic shoes will be lightweight and include a shock-absorbing element too so that your foot will be cushioned for all that jumping and agile movement.
Sport-specific shoes are available and even cross-trainers, which allow you to perform a variety of sports or exercise types in one workout.
Over the years, and from the frequent wearing of various styles of shoes, our running gait differs. Our feet overpronate, under-pronate or are neutral. Many training shoes are available to cater to these differing pronating forms.
Simply explained –
Pronation is the way your foot rolls inwardly when we walk or run. It’s essentially, the natural movement that helps your lower leg in managing the shock of landing. Some folk pronate more than others i.e. overpronation (or supination), or less i.e. under-pronation. It’s important, should you wish to avoid injury, to wear a shoe that caters to your particular pronation or lack thereof. If your pronation is neutral, then you will, happily, have more choices.
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Always a dilemma – which brand? – which store? – which style? – which sport? Which colour? (ironically colour often sways people’s decisions). But, besides all those choices, you should choose the shoe for the sport or activity first. And, try on the shoe in the afternoon or evening. This is when your feet are at their largest. In addition, always try the shoe on with the socks you will be wearing during the activity.
Choosing the right shoe for you will protect you against possible injuries common to that activity. A good shoe will lessen the harsh impact of your step onto any surface and will cushion your foot. The right shoe will also help your performance in that sport or exercise type. Consider as well, that if you are on the journey of losing weight, that as you do lose those kilos, you will need to adjust your shoe type as you go. (not a bad thought at all!)
While Thrive Fitness Hout Bay does not subscribe to any specific brand or style of shoe, we do know a thing or two about workout shoes. So, if you’re still not sure, come chat to one of our Thrive Fitness Trainers when you next come in for an exercise class.
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