How to choose the right exercise footwear
Tuesday 21st of February 2017
If you are planning
to start an exercise program, the choice of proper footwear is an important
consideration. The human foot is under tremendous stress in supporting our body
weight during our daily activities. Exercise, especially walking,
jogging or running, places additional stress on our feet, which may
lead to injury. Selecting the appropriate shoe or sneaker for
exercise can go a long way in preventing foot injury.
Here are some questions you should ask yourself when selecting
new exercise shoes:
- Do the shoes have good arch support?
- Are the soles flexible and bendable?
- Are they lightweight, with good ventilation?
- Do they fit comfortably with enough, but not too much, room?
(You should be able to wiggle your toes without rubbing, and have
room atthe toe area.)
- Do the shoes have an elevated and cushioned heel to absorb
- Do they have laces or velcro for a proper snug fit?
There are different styles of exercise shoes for different types
of exercise. Running shoes, for example, have additional cushioning
to better absorb shock, but their sole is not designed for
activities that involve quick turning and pivoting, such as tennis,
basketball or racquetball. A good athletic-shoe store will carry a
variety of shoe types.
All older adults, especially those with special foot conditions,
should consult their doctor before starting any exercise program.