What is the one piece of workout gear most crucial to your exercise? Is it your water bottle? How about your iPod or mp3 player? Maybe your clothes: shirts, shorts, sport bras? WRONG! The most important piece of equipment for nearly any kind of exercise is the perfect pair of shoes. They can make or break your workout and it’s extremely easy to wear the wrong pair of shoes.
Here are four major shoe mistakes people make.
1. Grabbing Whatever is Handy
“The biggest mistake people make when they start running, jogging, or some other exercise program is just reaching into the closet and pulling out an old pair of sneakers,” says Tracie Rodgers, PhD, spokeswoman for the American Council on Exercise. An old, worn-out pair of shoes might no longer provide the proper support you need. Your feet may sag on the inside and the shoes may also not be the right size, either squashing your toes at the top, or being to big that your foot slides around inside. Furthermore, those shoes might not be appropriate for the specific activity you chose and will limit you from performing to the best of your abilities.
2. Loving Them Too Abundantly
Your workout shoes should be your workout shoes and that alone, not shoes for running errands or gong to work, you should have a separate pair for activities similar to those. If you wear your running shoes all the time, they will wear out much faster than when your just exercising or running. Buy a pair of casual tennis shoes that look nice, but aren’t for working out in. This will ensure that the quality of the shoes lasts much longer, hopefully saving you from constantly needing to purchase new running shoes.
3. Loving them Too Long
Not replacing shoes often enough is yet another common mistake. Most people are under the impression that they should replace their workout shoes when they start to get dirty and look bad, but they would be 100% wrong! Shoes start to break down even while they’re still looking good, however, the support has vanished. You will most likely begin to feel aches and pains in your back, hip, and knees. Most experts recommend that runners replace their shoes every 300-500 miles, so about every 8-12 months depending on how active you are.
4. Chosing Your Shoe Based on appearance
I’m sure nearly all of you, including myself, pick your shoes based on how they look and what brand they are. Most of us will get caught up in which shoe will look the best rather than which shoe will perform the best. I recommend doing some online research if you are looking into buying an expensive pair of shoes and see what other people have to say about the pair of tennis you’re looking to buy. Also, most sport stores have employees who can help you choose a shoe that would be most appropriate for the shape of your foot and the way you run.