Make sure you have decent shoes.

flower shoeThat’s right – you heard me. There is no way of wiggling around this one. Good shoes are vital to your wellness. You don’t want to be nursing a twisted ankle or dealing with knee pain. Invest in a good pair of shoes and you’ll be able to enjoy your body free of the pain bad shoes can bring.

Here are a few tips to know before you head out and shell out some dollars on new kicks:

If you are a dedicated runner… and by dedicated I mean four times per week for 8 or more kilometres. To save money on decent quality shoes, you can take advantage of “buy one get the second 50% off” deals. On average runners go through two pairs of shoes a year and this will ensure that you can lace up for a year for a little less.

If you take fitness classes, lift weights and run occasionally you will want to get a good cross training shoe. When doing a fitness class, you will do a lot of lateral (side-to-side) movements and proper shoes will make sure you don’t twist your ankle. Running shoes are not made for this kind of movement and ankle injuries are common when running shoes are worn for fitness classes. You can also use these for your weight training and running. Usually people replace their cross trainers annually.

If you smash weights your shoe requirements are pretty simple. Avoid really cushiony shoes because they will interfere with your lifts (you’ll sink into your shoes and mess up your form). But other than that, anything goes. You can wear Vibrams, minimal shoes and even Converse are cool for the weight room.

Put your best foot forward next time you workout.




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