Recreational activities that encourage body fitness are essential if we are to lead a healthy life. Fitness activities come in different spices and flavors; however, the number of people who favor running seems to have skyrocketed in recent years. It is now commonplace to come across tweets indicating a runner’s mileage, automatically uploaded from smartwatches and phone apps.
Irrespective of whether the running regime is being observed at an indoor gym or outdoors, getting the appropriate type of shoes is vital for your health. Using a wrong shoe type for running may turn out to be counter-productive to the purpose of the fitness program. Getting the right kind of running shoes will take the pounding pressure of your landing weight off the sole, ankle, and knees. The cushioning and shock-absorbing properties of running shoes will save you from unnecessary injuries.
However, due to the boom in the number of frequent runners, there has equally been a flooding of the shoe market with all sorts of footwear, which might not necessarily be suitable for running. As a fitness trainer, I have had many people ask me about online shoe stores that stock good running shoes. To which I often respond by advising them to take a quick browse through the websites of major brands like Nike, Brooks, Nimbus, Asics, Adidas – to mention a few.
Things to be mindful of when buying running shoes
The intention of use for sporting footwear determines the designer’s shoe design dynamics. So, in their research to, for example, design dependable soccer boots, designers check for the pressure areas, the portions of the shoe that take serious pounding and stress. Such minute details determine the kind of material, stitching method, and even lace-type that does into the shoe design.
Forthwith, a professional or pleasure runner needs to be on the lookout for some particular attributes which picking out a running shoe. The first question to be asked is: will the shoes be for indoor running (treadmilling), outdoor running, or both. Flat-soled running shoes will do well for treadmilling while heavily threaded ones are best for the outdoors, as these aids good grip.
If you get to buy your running shoes from a local store, try it on only after a rigorous regime of training and in the pair of socks you intend to wear when running. Research shows that the feet usually become slightly larger after exercise, so doing this will help you pick the right shoe size.
Some running shoes are breathable. It will be therefore needful to determine the type of weather you will be running in (for outdoors); you do not want to wear a breathable shoe on a cold winter morning.
There are shoes in the market tagged as multiple purpose, meaning you can use a single pair for treadmilling, jogging, long-distance walking, or even athletics. A piece of advice – avoid them. Though this category of shoes may be cheaper, you having to change the single pair often will add up to the same cost as getting a dedicated pair for each activity. To save your wallet while getting top-notch quality – I would recommend not buying the latest shoe releases. Like you must have noticed from market trends, new versions come at exceptionally high prices.