How To Pick The Best Sneakers For You

By Jessica Kupetz

With sunny skies outside, many of us want to take our workouts outdoors. Few of us, however, think about having to change up out footwear in order to do so. Often, though, those kicks that got you though that conditioning class are not the same ones best suited for runs through the park. In the same way you have different heels for work and play, you may need different sneakers for fitness classes and long runs.

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Even if your workout isn’t changing with the seasons, though, your sneakers should! Experts advise changing your sneakers every 3-4 months if you find yourself highly active. If you are a runner, consider investing in a new pair every 300-400 miles. After this time, they tend to lose cushioning and loosen up; putting you at risk for shin splints, tendinitis and stress fractures.

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Figure out what you’re using them for. Athletic sneakers are not necessarily a “one size fits all” situation. While running shoes provide cushioning, absorb shock in the heel and focus on forward movement, aerobic sneakers are designed both to protect the foot when impact is heavier and to stabilize during lateral movements. Indoor spinning or cycling also requires shoes best suited to that particular movement. Wearing spinning shoes that clips into your pedal not only protects your feet during climbs and sprints, but will also give you a better workout as your legs pump through the class.

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Talk to the pros: Sneakers do not necessarily need to be pricey, but if you are confused as to where to begin, do your research and speak with knowledgeable sales people! If you are one of the millions of Americans who experience foot pain with or without the involvement of exercise, speaking to a podiatrist or a professional can help you understand how your feet arch and pronate. A simple sneaker insert or orthotic can help alleviate discomfort and improve your workout.

Hit the store. Consider shopping later in the day while your feet are a bit more swollen and be sure to wear your preferred exercise sock  in order to allow you to closely replicate how you’ll feel when working out. Move around, jog in place or jump around in them to see how they feel.

Now lace up and earn yourself another fabulous pair.

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