Are Your Workout Shoes Hurting You?
Buying new athletic wear has been proven to boost your motivation to workout. And the same can be said for your shoes. But if you have only one pair of sneakers to run in, strength train in and weight lift in, you’re limiting your success.
You wouldn’t wear bike shorts to lift in, so why would you wear your running shoes to lift in? Shoes aren’t just created to look good and compliment your outfit, although it is a nice addition, they serve a purpose to the work you’re doing. From fabrics, to levels of support, the wrong shoes can create issues that you may blame the workout on.
I want to share the importance of shoe choice when working out in this video because one of the main reasons believed to have caused me to need knee surgery many years ago, was not only wear and tear from years of and dancing professionally and working in the fitness industry. But, my physical therapist pointed out to me that improper shoes can negatively affect our knees, ankles, hips and even our spine.
So after recovering from my surgery I have made sure to wear shoes appropriate for the physical activities I participate in in order to get the correct support as not to promote any imbalances in my joints. And I’m happy to say that not only do I love my Asics trainers and the support and stability they provide. I have not experienced and joint pain or discomfort since making the right shoe choices
So, I want you to spoil yourself and invest in footwear that’s going to compliment your outfit and your workout. Here are a few tips on what to look for.
When it comes lifting weights a flatter shoe is key. While running shoes aren’t going to make it or break it for you if you wear them during your lift sessions, you want your body weight to stay on your heels and be closer to the ground.
Running shoes tend to have more cushion so when performing forward movements your weight shifts away from your heels and workouts like squatting don’t engage the proper muscles. A shoe, with little cushion, like a Converse sneaker is low to the ground and has grip on the bottom you help prevent sliding during sideways movements.
High intense interval training requires you to be flexible and light on your feet, and your shoe should be the same. Shoes need to be comfortable, but lightweight. Padding is must, but make sure you avoid a thick clunky shoe.
The outside of the shoe should be flexible for those quick side-to-side movements and the bottom should have just enough traction to keep your foot planted on the ground. My personal favorite shoe for running and training is Asics. they make shoes specific to certain activities and for me I find them to be the best.
Running is all about forward heel to toe movements. Look for a shoe with a higher drop for support and cushion that’s lightweight, but durable.
Cushion is important for shock absorption especially when you’re putting in the miles and because you’re in them for long periods of time, you want your equipment to last a long time. The Saucony and Brooks brand are often found on the best on lists for running and have a variety of winning options to fit your requirements.
No one foot is the same, so while these are recommendations - you know your feet best, and if you don’t -get familiar with them.
Your feet carry the weight of your world and making sure it’s comfortable for you is what’s most important.
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