These Shoes were made for walking.... But those ones weren't!

Look down. What kind of shoes are you wearing? Do you wear them for your workouts? Are they the right KIND of shoes for your workout. 

But if you were to see my workout pictures, you may notice a variety of shoes over time. If you were to look in my closet, you would see a small collection of casual shoes, 3 pairs of dressy shoes and 8 pairs of athletic shoes!

Why so many sporty shoes?

It's not because I'm a super fashionable gal. I'm NOT! I don't have a shoe fetish. And I don't love shopping regularly. But I do love different types of workouts and I HATE HATE HATE foot injuries.

When I was training for my first half marathon, my feet started hurting. At the time, I was teaching Zumba, Indoor Cycling and weight lifting. I wore my running shoes during ALL of those classes. Then I would hop on the trails or treadmill and take off for my run. It didn't take long before my feet started aching. At one point, I remember waking up to a crying baby and crawling to her crib because I could not put the weight on my feet. Luckily, my wise husband intervened and, after a series of questions, advised me to take better care of my feet. It took several months of research and experimenting before my feet felt completely healed. Since then, I'm CRAZY about wearing the right type of shoe. I don't want any other person to experience that pain, if it can be avoided!

The first step: APPROPRIATE shoes.

Depending on the type of exercise, you need an appropriate shoe. Using the wrong type of shoe can be like using a sledgehammer when you need a pair of pliers. It's not as effective. 

Here are three factors on how some shoes can vary:

  • Treads
  • Cushioning/Support
  • Weight

It's important to consider these aspects while pairing the right shoe with your workout. 

For example, right now I am in the middle of a round of Insanity Max:30. Don't worry, I follow the modifier when I need. 

The ideal shoe for this type of exercise program will include the following attributes:

  • TREAD:
    • The grip on the bottom of the shoe should allow for lateral (side to side) movement. Running shoes have a different tread pattern that facillitates the forward propulsion of running. Insanity Max:30 is FULL of movements that don't match that movement.
    • Because of the side to side movements, the support in cross trainers help absorb the shock from moves like power jumps, floor hops, and switch kicks. 
  • WEIGHT: 
    • As was mentioned before, there are several quick moves in Insanity Max:30. For me, I choose lighter cross trainers. Have you ever tried a tuck jump wearing heavy shoes? It gets rough. 

The point is that your shoes can become an asset to your workout. Appropriate shoes can enable you to focus without the fear of hurting yourself. Remember to replace your shoes when they wear out, too! 

I hope that this was helpful for you. Have a great week!