Getting the most out of your gym visits requires the right kit. One of the most important aspects of your kit are your gym shoes. Gearing up in the incorrect gym shoes calls for problems from your ankles to your hips. So, consider these tips when investing in sports sneakers:
- The arch of your foot
There are three main types of foot arches; high, medium and low. If your footprint leaves just the ball and heel of your foot, you have a high arch. Therefore, your shoes should have no stability features. A medium arch is the most common, and your arch supports you naturally, meaning you can wear any type of shoes. A low or flat arch results in your feet rolling in when walking or standing. In this case, shoes with internal arches are your best bet.
- The purpose of your shoes
Weightlifting? Cardio? Walking? Your shoes should accommodate your workout. If your workouts are high impact, the soles of your ideal shoes will be more cushioned to absorb the shock from the impact. For walking, your shoes will be stiffer to hold your foot centred, however, these should not be used for running – an exercise requiring more flexibility. Weightlifting shoes are designed to create sturdiness to support the body’s movement at the heels, and for the ability to push into the floor for the lift.
- The size of your shoes
Too tight and you’ll blister. Too big and, well, how are they staying on your feet? When trying shoes on, the first thing to do would be to fit them while wearing socks. This will give you the most realistic experience of how they fit. When on, you should be able to wiggle your toes freely, without your heel slipping out when you walk.
If your shoes are uncomfortable, you will feel demotivated to continue with your gym regimen. Invest in a great pair, in a colour you like, as well as a brand you prefer, to get the best out of your workout.
This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Errors and omissions excepted. (E&OE)