For many novices beginning to take up a healthier lifestyle, the idea that one pair of running shoes is suitable for all physical activity is a popular one. Yet, this is not strictly true – just a moment’s thought shows that an individual taking part in a field game, such as soccer which uses studded boots, requires totally different footwear to that which is needed for weight-lifting or long distance running. There is a reason for this; shoes are all designed featuring slight modifications with the athlete, and the activity they are engaged in, in mind. As such, here are some hints for the type of shoes and trainers you should invest in for different events
Whilst running, the impact can potentially cause damage to the body – the ankles, knees and back included – due to the fact that up to three times your weight has to be absorbed when jogging. As such, the conventional wisdom states a pair of running sneakers, with an inch of foam lining the area under the middle of your sole, is needed to lessen this impact and absorb shock. Running in flat soles will fail to cushion the impact and, for those looking to run “barefoot”, some training has to be undertaken first so that the runner will learn new running techniques which are aimed at removing the impact from the sole of the foot.
Shoes For Tennis
Specialist tennis shoes are a must – courts represent a totally different terrain to many other sporting fields so it is essential that footwear is purchased which can provide an athlete with the best support necessary. Tennis Shoes are specifically designed to deal with the abrasive surface and the sudden sideways movements a player will have to continually make in fits and stops. As they don’t have much cushioning, the shoes are less than ideal for running ot jogging in but they do, however, provide perfect friction to stop a tennis player sliding or stumbling.
Shoes for Walking
Walking is a fantastic exercise for those who fancy a less intense form of physical exertion than sport or jogging. The key to selecting a great walking shoe is to find footwear with a flexible sole to accommodate how the walker naturally rolls on their foot whilst strolling. Walking shoes have less ability to absorb shock than running shoes and, as such, should only be used for this activity.
Shoes for Cross-Training
Cross-trainers are the go to footwear for individuals who primarily partake in weight-lifting or aerobic classes, for example. The soles are less sturdy than some alternatives which liberates the wearer’s movements; wearing bulky soles in a weight-lifting scenario could, potentially, cause the individual to twist an ankle. Thus, such shoes are perfect for activities which involve little impact for the feet.
Choosing a decent pair of shoes for dancing uses quite similar logic to choosing cross-trainers and other shoes for aerobic exercise. Make sure the shoes aren’t too padded so as to make them possible to manoeuvre in but, for those who dance on a daily basis, it is worth looking for trainers with additional ankle support.