Daily Fit Tip: Get good shoesPosted on Dec 29th 2006 6:00AM by Rigel Celeste
Shoes can have an enormous impact on your health in so many ways, whether you're a fitness buff or not. But obviously finding the right shoes, and finding good quality shoes, is that much more important if you are involved in a fitness or workout routine because your feet, legs, and body need that much more extra support.
But you walk into the shoe store and are overwhelmed by the number of shoes available, all different brands and colors and types. How do you pick the best shoe for you?Start by thinking exactly what you're gonna use the shoes for -- a good rule of thumb is if you do a particular activity 3 or more times per week (i.e. walking, running, or tennis) then you should get a shoe specifically designed for that purpose. Go to a store with trained sales staff that can answer your questions knowledgably and fit your foot correctly. While trying the shoes on make sure they're comfortable (you shouldn't be thinking that they'll get better after you break them in) and do some of the actual moves you'll be using them for (step, bend, hop). And wear the same kind of socks you'll normally wear them with, so you don't get them home and have them suddenly fit differently.
And possibly most important of all, once you find that awesome pair of shoes, don't be tempted to hold onto them until they're literally falling apart. Although the outside may still look new and in good shape, the all-important inner cushioning and support may be worn and ineffective. You should replace your shoes every 3-6 months.