It’s Gotta Be The Shoes!

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The old Nike commercial may have been on to something. Many people underestimate the forces we put on our feet and how a good pair of shoes can help.

While jogging, we apply 3 to 4 times our weight to our feet with each step and the average active person steps over 10,000 times per day.

By supplying proper support, cushioning and assisting with proper foot striking and weight distribution, a good pair of shoes can alleviate or even prevent common injuries such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis, knee pain and even low back pain.

Many adults, especially male, go to the New Balance Cross Trainer. While a good shoe, it is built for lateral support for activities such as aerobic classes or basketball where turning your ankle is a concern. They lack the arch support and cushioning that a good running shoe supplies.

I generally prefer running shoes for my workout and everyday walk around shoe although a good walking shoe is also a solid choice. I use my running shoes for training and then convert them to my walk around shoes after 300 or so miles. They are still good for another 6 months of walking about unless they are broken down. I recommend this type of shoe even if you don’t run.

There are different types of running shoes categories. Neutral and Stability are the common selections. To figure out what is best for you, go to a reputable shoe store and have your gate and foot strike analyzed. It’s free! You can also go to this Runners World site and see what it suggests. http://www.runnersworld.com/shoeadvisor

When you go to make your purchase. Look for last year’s models and you can save 50% or more. Check out places like Big 5 Sporting goods, Target, Walmart and look for sales. But don’t go to these places looking for advice. The staff is generally not qualified.

As always, your questions and comments are always welcome. Keep moving!

Eric Soderlund
TruChoice Fitness & Nutriton

Fitness From The Inside Out

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