CHASING
THE BALANCE
From the gym to the park it's time to get sweaty.

NEW SEASON = NEW SNEAKERS!

Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
March 20, 2014
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When was the last time you took a really good look at your gym shoes?

We rarely give enough credit to our sneakers. They stabilize and cushion our feet, and in doing so – the rest of our body during our workouts. When your sneakers break down from use, it can affect the rest of your body causing ankle and knee pain all the way up to back pain and potential injury.

A good rule of thumb is: change your sneakers with the seasons.

HOW TO TELL IF YOU NEED NEW SNEAKERS:

  • Are the treads on the bottom worn?
  • How does the heel look? Is it symmetrical or worn on one side?
  • How do they feel when you run or walk? Cushiony or not so much anymore?
  • Does the shoe feel supportive?

If you can, go to a sneaker store and compare yours currently, to the same or similar ones that are new. How do they look? Much worse? Try on a new pair – how do they compare to your current sneakers overall?

TAKE INVENTORY OF YOUR BODY:

  • ¬†Are your feet, knees or ankles achy lately?
  • How does your lower back feel?
  • How does your body feel during and after a workout or run?
  • How do your feet, knees and ankles feel while running and exercising?

These questions will help you determine the state of your current sneakers and whether you need another pair.

Runners have specific needs as do walkers and cross trainers. Good sports stores have instruments to determine your stride – does your foot lean inward or outward? What kind of feet do you have? What kind of support do you need? All these questions will help them direct you to the right brand and type of sneaker.

Remember, once your sneakers breakdown, your feet, ankles and knees soon follow.

 

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