CHASING
THE BALANCE
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NEW SEASON = NEW SNEAKERS

Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
April 26, 2018
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When was the last time you took a good look at your sneakers?

If you can’t remember, odds are you are due for a new pair.

We rarely give enough credit to our sneakers. They stabilize and cushion our feet, and in doing so, the rest of our bodies during our workouts. When your sneakers break down from use, the rest of your body can be affected, causing ankle and knee pain all the way up to back pain and potential injury. A good rule of thumb: change your sneakers with the seasons.

NEW SEASON = NEW SNEAKERS

Take a look at your 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 your current sneakers to the same or similar ones that are new. How do they compare? Try on a new pair – do they feel much fresher than your worn pair?

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 (and so do walkers and cross trainers). Quality sport stores will 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 the salesperson direct you to the right brand and style of sneaker.

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

 

 

 

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