Embarking on a new diet and workout plan is an exciting time. Whether you’re choosing to start with low-intensity walks to jumping right into high-intensity interval training, just making a commitment is enough to inspire confidence and make you feel great about the positive steps you’re taking.
That said, your excitement could quickly fizzle from the aches and pains associated with the wrong athletic shoes. Athletic shoes come in a range of styles suited to your unique workout. Walking shoes are stiff and provide support, running shoes are flexible and have soles to absorb impact, and cross trainers are designed for high-impact, high-intensity workouts.
Choosing the right athletic shoes ensures that your feet are supported and protected, so you can stay on track with your workout plan. Check out our 4 tips for buying the right workout shoe:
1. Know Your Foot’s Needs
Feet come in a variety of shapes and sizes, all of which need different kinds of support and cushioning. Feet also move differently, which causes pressure points and wear in different areas.
Feet with low arches tend to overpronate, which means your feet roll inward naturally. This causes wear on the outside heel and inside forefoot, which requires a shoe with motion-control features and additional support.
Feet with high arches tend to underpronate, or supinate, which means they roll outward. This causes wear on the outer edge of the heel and toes, which requires a shoe with cushioning and a soft, supportive insole.
Feet with a neutral arch move linearly, which wears shoes uniformly. This situation calls for a stability shoe with a blend of cushioning and support.
2. Get the Right Size
Your feet change size frequently, so it’s important to have them measured at least twice a year. Shoe size can vary between brands and even shoe types as well, so be sure to try athletic shoes on to ensure the proper fit.
It’s also best to shop toward the end of the day when your feet are swollen. Working out will most likely cause your feet to swell, so this will give you an idea of an athletic shoe’s comfort after a hard workout.
Generally, an athletic shoe should be comfortable as soon as you put it on. There should be about 3/8-1/2 inch between the front of your big toe and the end of the shoe, which is about a thumb’s width. The heel and upper part of the shoe should fit snugly, but not too tight. Your foot shouldn’t slip out when you walk, and you should be able to wiggle all your toes comfortably.
3. Pay for Quality
Athletic shoes are expensive, but it’s usually worth it for the support you get. Cheaper shoes aren’t as good for your feet as the more expensive brands. That said, choosing a flashy or celebrity-endorsed style often means you’re paying for the name, which won’t do much to protect your feet and ankles during your workouts.
4. Know the Bells and Whistles
Athletic shoes have plenty of design features that are used to help your feet stay comfortable and supported during a workout. Inserts with air or gel are used for shock absorption, which protects your joints and heels. Stability, motion or torsional stability are all used to aid with movement and protect your joints from injuries. Be sure to choose the right features for your specific workout and unique needs.
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Buying the right workout shoe for your needs protects your feet, gives you the support you need and helps you avoid injuries on your road to weight loss. Workout shoes are only for your feet, however. Another way to enhance your workouts and protect yourself during workouts is with a tailor-made compression garment from FeelWell. Our custom-made garments help improve your mobility, relieve lower back pain and get more out of your workouts, so you can stay on track with your health and fitness goals. Contact us today to learn more about what we have to offer!