Supporting yourself while you workout
One important item that I can’t stress enough to trainers, clients and in the classes I teach is proper footwear. Now, this doesn’t mean to make sure that your Nikes are color coordinated to your socks and shirt! Although it may look cool and stylish at times, improper footwear can play a major role in postural disorders, workout plateaus and injuries.
One of the most important pieces of equipment you can own is a good pair of workout shoes. Each time we run or participate in an athletic or aerobic workout, we are transferring 3 times our body weight to the bones, joints and tissues on our feet! Now consider you’re a weekend warrior or a sporadic exerciser, this adds up to about 100 tons of force applied to your feet for every 10-15 minutes of continuous exercise. If you plan on continuing to place your finest foot forward, then the proper footwear is more important than you could ever imagine!
If you don’t have the correct shoes that match the movements that you’re performing within that activity, then you’re adding unnecessary stress to your joints and limiting your overall power production (or caloric expenditure). You don’t see pro basketball players wearing running shoes in a game or pro tennis players sporting combat boots in a match. Why? Well, certain shoes are designed for specific movement patterns and the wrong type can be doing damage to your body.
I did some research on my own for men’s and women’s shoes but you can skip the trial and error by taking a walk down to the Bill Rodgers Running Center in Faneuil Hall. They’ve been a staple in Boston for years and the best part about buying shoes there is they make suggestions based on how you walk and move. Stop in and ask for Bill or Charlie or visit their website!
Now, if it comes down to the fact of cost (which is completely understandable), then skip a few nights out with your friends and save up to buy the appropriate shoes. Or, just save your money for the matching color coordinated knee brace, because that will be your next purchase if you don’t take care of your feet and joints. Trust me the investment is well worth it and your body will thank you!