the Right Running Shoe
Choosing the right running shoe can mean the difference
between a great run and a bad experience. Running in old shoes or the
wrong shoes can lead to discomfort, pain and even injuries. And now that
running shoes are built more hi-tech than ever, shopping for a shoe can be confusing
and expensive. Here are some tips from Life Fitness on choosing the right shoe:
shoes for the sport you will be doing. Most sporting goods stores carry a
variety of shoes for different activities like walking, running, basketball,
tennis and aerobics. If you’ll be combining several sports or activities, look for cross trainers as another alternative. No matter
the activity variety, if you’re going to be doing a lot of running, skip the
cross trainers and invest in a good pair of running shoes.
your stride evaluated. Many specialty stores will evaluate your
stride on the treadmill and can help determine if your footfall overpronates
or underpronates. They will let you test shoes while walking on a treadmill
and suggest the correct shoes for your feet, your stride and your budget.
Focus on fit.
Try to remember fit over fashion. Figure out whether you need cushioned
and flexible shoes to provide shock absorption and allow for range of motion or
whether you need a stability shoe that provides more structure and ankle
support. The trend in minimalist shoes and barefoot running continues to
be popular. They claim to adjust and change your biomechanics for the better,
helping your feet become stronger. If you go this route, make sure to ease into
them and start with very low mileage.
One pair of shoes isn’t going to last a lifetime. Running shoes need to be
replaced after about 300-400 miles, or three to six months of regular use. This
may mean that the most expensive, hi-tech shoe isn’t going to be for you. You
can pay anywhere from $20 for no-name brands to $200 for the newest features on
brand names. Discount retailers can have great deals if you’re watching your
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- The toe should have enough width in the front to feel
comfortable but the heel should be snug.
- Try on shoes in the evening when your feet are largest,
and remember your foot can expand up to a half size during exercise. Often
its best to buy running shoes in one size larger than your dress size.
- Allow approximately a half inch between the end of your
longest toe and the end of the shoe.
- Wear the same socks you will be using for exercise when
you try on shoes.
- Consider orthotics if you have chronic knee, hip
or foot pain or you need arch support. Orthotics can help get your foot, legs
or pelvis in neutral position to reduce stress to your joints.