Ever since I was a kid, my dad has always emphasized the importance of wearing the right shoes. You don’t want them too small or too big, and they must feel comfortable to walk in. So these days, even when I’m buying 6” heels, I still only buy them if they’re comfy and easy to walk in. I know, that sounds weird, but you really can buy good heels that won’t kill your feet within the first 30 minutes of putting them on. Of course, some shoes are just too cute to pass up, so I just throw my hands up and go out one foot in front of the other, and a smile on my face.
Anyways, when you’re working out, shoes are just as important. There’s a reason why when you walk into the athletic shoe section, there are different labels for walking, running, cross-training shoes, etc. I mean, you wouldn’t wear golf shoes to play basketball would you?
So here’s a little bit of the basics when it comes to the proper workout shoes. Running and walking shoes are made for forward motion, whereas cross-training shoes are made forward and lateral motion. So if you’re like me and you like to get your FIRE on in the morning with Turbo Fire (or other workouts such as: P90X, Insanity, Crossfit, etc.), you’ll want to invest in a mighty good pair of cross-trainers. Cross trainers also tend to be designed higher on the ankle to protect your ankles! Muy importante! You can most likely walk in running shoes without hurting yourself, but you probably don’t want to run in walking shoes. The reason for this is that running shoes are designed for higher impact forces; thus, some people like the extra cushion when they walk, but there’s probably not enough protection in walking shoes, for the higher impact of running. There’s not necessarily any brand that is better than the other—you just have to find the one that fits you right and the one that you like to move in best.
If you’re training hard, you WILL wear out your shoes! Train insane, or remain the same! My friend KD wrote a song called “Good Saddles Ain’t Cheap.” Basically, what I’m trying to tell you, is if you’re going to splurge on something, you might as well splurge on something useful and beneficial to you.
BIG LOVE & BIG HUGS