Having good quality workout shoes is essential to healthy fitness. High-performance shoes not only support your feet through high impact or strenuous aerobic routines, but they also support your whole body and protect against injury and muscle fatigue. Let’s take a closer look at the importance of good workout shoes.
Avoid Sore and Blistered Feet
Cheap shoes or shoes that don’t fit correctly can lead to friction. When you’re running or doing a high impact cardio workout, constant friction from your shoes can lead to blisters and sores on your feet. When trying on shoes at a store, jog a few laps to make sure they feel good in action and keep these three things in mind:
- The heel should be snug but not tight.
- There should be 3/8′ to 1/2″ space between the tip of your big toe and the end of the shoe.
- Your foot should not slide out the back of the shoe when walking.
The more stable your lower body is, the less likely you are to strain or injure a muscle while you’re working out. Stability also makes for a clean workout, meaning you’re not wasting energy on compensating for weak shoes. You’ll burn more calories and build more muscle with strong structural support.
When to Change Your Workout Shoes
When you should change your workout shoes depends on your weight and activity level. But for someone of average size who works out consistently 3-5 days a week, you should be changing your shoes every six months. The glue with which athletic shoes are made from ages constantly. This essentially means your shoes have already been aging even before you bought them. Vigorous use, like exercise, causes them to age even faster. A shoe that is worn out will not offer as much support as a new shoe.
So be sure you’re wearing good quality shoes and take care of them to get the most out of your workout!