Choosing the right sneakers

It’s the start of my first Triathlon season and what better time to upgrade sneakers. Nothing like spending money to make you commit to training!
I am not a shoe expert, however I will let you know what I have picked up over the years of being involved with sport and how to make the best running shoe choice.
A couple of things you must be aware of when your choosing sneakers, it’s always good to have in mind what type of exercise you are going to use them for. There is a huge difference in shoes designed for cross training activities like aerobics, and running shoes used for running.
Typically, sneakers designed for running are pointy at the front and are lighter in weight. Cross training shoes are rounded at the front and typically more padded and have a higher ankle support at the back.
To keep it simple, cross training sneakers are just for that -cross training. It’s meant to be used during a wide range of activities that also include high impact jumping, sidestepping and walking. If you’re going to the gym for general fitness training this is exactly what you need.
However, if you’re a runner listen up, because your running shoe is your key to comfortable running. In addition, you can avoid issues surrounding shin splints, blisters, and tendonitis when you have proper fitting shoes. To choose the right sneaker you need to consider the following points:
1. Your running style: Are you a heel striker or mid/ forefoot runner? If you’re a heel striker you will need more padding on the heel. If you’re a mid or forefoot runner you will need more cushioning at the front.
2. Know the width of your foot: Do you have a narrow or wide foot? Shoe designs can vary in width. If you have a wide foot and try to get into a thin shoe you’re going to get sore toes.
3. Know the length of your foot: There is an old wives tale that states that your feet keep growing in adulthood. This is false. Although, your feet do not keep growing, their shape and length may change.  Small alterations in the positions of the bones in your feet occur due to loosening of ligaments and tendons or changes in muscle strength that support the bones of the feet. Bottom line, get your feet measured every time you buy shoes.
4. Compare weights of the shoes: Have a weigh up between the shoes you like. Lighter weight shoes help with running economy, studies have shown lighter weight shoes can actually help you improve running speed.  Defiantly worth the investment if you’re into racing.
I hope these little tips help you to choose the right sneaker to fit your foot – kinda like Cinderella and the golden slipper. If the shoe fits, it’s a winner!

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