Do you know that different sports need different shoes?

woman running on a treadmill workout

Sometimes we forget about the kind of trainers we should wear when we exercise, and that is a very important matter. Frequently, we are guided for big brands and their own products which are great, but they are not always suitable for the sport we practise, or the type of feet we have. The wrong pair of shoes can injure your feet. This post may help you to decide what trainers are more suitable for you depending on the exercise you do. However, do not forget to pop in one of the footwear specialized stores where their trained staff can help you identify the right shoe for you.

For jogging or running

For those who prefer running, they should use a specialized shoe designed to protect your joints while you run. So good shock absorption is what you need to look at. On the market you can find two different types of outsole that provides traction and flexibility.

  • Carbon rubber: most running shoe outsoles are made of this compound which last longer. It is heavy and rigid, but offers more stability to the foot.
  • Blown rubber: running shoes made with this compound are lighter, softer and more flexible. It provides a better protection to your joints thanks to its air-injected rubber. Blown rubber shoes are popular for aerobics.

For weightlifting

If you think that you do not need a specialized shoe because you just practise weightlifting, you are wrong. Even a body built needs the right shoe to avoid foot pain and problems in your spine and hips. I am tired of seeing people at the gym who lift dumbbells with shoe that you would wear to the beach or to the park, but not to the gym. So please, use flat shoes that provide traction and maximum support during your workout.

For walking

If you are one of those who love walking everywhere, you are happy to know that the best trainers for this exercise are lightweight and supportive shoe with extra cushioning on the soles, which support heel of the foot.

For crossfit training

If you are like me, and you like practising different kind of training at the same time such as running, weight training and moving in different directions, you should go for versatile shoe. Cross-training shoes give stability and support when you do jumps, bounces and a combination of aerobic exercises.

For treadmills

Running machines are becoming one of the essential at home. You can walk or run any day at any time, and the training shoes you use on it are important as well. You can wear running shoes with enough shock cushions to avoid pain and long-term injury of your ankles, feet, calves and legs.

For aerobic classes

Usually these types of classes involve plenty of different movements: stepping upward, twirling, jumping or quickly switching your weight from one foot to the other. So, lightweight shoes with good shock absorption should be your choice.
Aerobic shoes tend to have a wider outer sole both at the front and back of the shoe. If you do not find any of that footgear, you can go for tennis shoes because they provide shock absorption and support for both side-to-side movements. Do not use walking or running shoes because they are not designed for side movements.

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