Workout Shoes

asics womens shoeWorkout Shoes: Selecting the Right Pair of Workout Shoes

When starting a workout program, most of us tend to just grab whatever pair of “workout shoes” we have laying around and put them on. What you quickly learn, if you are doing any kind of impact or walking/jogging any distance is that many times your workout shoes aren’t, well, working out. You start suffering heel pain, ball of the foot pain, knee or hip pain and you know it’s time to get some new workout shoes. For me, this day came about 30 days into the Insanity workout program. The ball of my foot was hurting as well as my hip joint. I scurried to my local sports store to find out what shoe I needed so that I could workout without pain.

Lesson: Do not skimp on the workout shoes. Get yourself a high quality pair of workout shoes; your feet, shins, knees and hips will thank you.

Tips for selecting the right workout shoes:

Talk to an expert. Do not hesitate to ask the salesperson questions and to explain your current fitness level, and what you want to achieve. They are there for a reason. This is no time for vanity or pride.

Shoes do one thing. Select your workout shoes based on your activity – the salesperson will know exactly what you need. If you walk, you need a stiffer pair of shoes. If you run, you need something with extra cushion for impact. Avoid making one pair of workout shoes do everything.

Bring your socks. You will most likely be wearing socks while you workout. So bring a pair you own. Doing so will provide you a more exact fit. You also might be tempted to buy a nice pair of cushioned workout socks like Thorlos.

One of a kind. Your foot is unique to only you. So understanding the dimensions and unique qualities of your foot is important in selecting the right pair of workout shoes.

Instant gratification. Your new workout shoes should fit and feel great the minute you put them on. The days of “breaking in” a workout shoe are long gone. If the fit feels wrong, move on to another pair. Walk around the store, not just in a two foot circle.

Sizing and fit. Again, rely on the expert to you. Especially in the toe box area. They can measure accurately. But, you can still use the old rule of thumb of, well, the thumb. There should be about a thumb’s width from your front big toe to the end of the shoe. Overall fit should be snug, but not tight. Especially across the top of your foot.

Technology. You’ll encounter many high tech workout shoes in the store. Gel inserts, gel heels, air cushioning and so forth are very effective for people who suffer pain in the heel or arch.

Expect to pay. Outfitting yourself with a good pair of workout shoes is going to cost a bit. Expect to pay somewhere between $60 – $90 for a name brand, effective shoe. There will be deals of course – just stick to the brand names.

Brands to look for. If you’re new to working out, a few names to look for are NikeSauconyNew BalanceAsics and Adidas. Okay, now you’re ready for the fun part – go find that pair of shoes that will help you achieve your goals. There’s nothing quite like the little luxury of a new pair of workout shoes.


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