Here at TBBC, our Farmingdale personal trainers and clients train hard, have fun and are not wrapped up in appearances. We wear what we are comfortable in. Sweats, capris, shorts, tanks, t’s- it’s no fashion show. We know that wearing the hottest, trendy exercise clothing is not going to make a difference in the work out we get. What we wear on our feet though is a whole different story.
This article will not address what TYPE of sneaker or brand of exercise footwear you should choose. That is a personal choice and whether you choose based on comfort, color, or because they’re just cool – that is up to you. What we are discussing here is the safety of the shoes you are wearing. Unlike those really comfy clothes you are wearing to train in, those really comfy sneakers might being doing you more harm than good.
Let me explain…
Running and/or exercising in old or worn-out shoes is one of the most common causes of injuries. Our Farmingdale personal trainers see this happening constantly. Your running shoes lose shock absorption, cushioning and stability over time.
Continuing to run in worn-out running shoes increases the stress and impact on your legs and joints. The midsole, which provides the cushioning and stability, usually breaks down before the bottom shows major signs of wear.
If you’ve been feeling muscle fatigue, or some pain in your joints — especially your knees — you may be wearing running shoes that no longer have adequate cushioning. This occurs before the treads wear down so you may not even realize it’s happening.
Pay attention to how you feel. If you’re noticing muscle fatigue or new tightness or different aches and pains in your joints it could be due to your sneakers. Look at your sneakers – wrinkles in the bottom or side of the sole shows the midsole breakdown. Other signs that show you need to replace your sneakers are when the sole treads and heels (usually one side more than another) are worn down.
Here are some suggestions:
The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine recommends (and our Long Island personal trainers agree) if you’re a runner, track your mileage and replace your sneakers every 350-500 miles. If you’re not a runner, you should still keep track of how long you’ve had your sneakers and if you show any symptoms described above, be aware that they could be related to your footwear.
Don’t wear your exercise footwear all day long. Wear them to exercise and change out of them — they’ll last longer.
When you find a sneaker you love — buy two pairs (especially if they’re on sale!) and rotate wearing them.
Whether you choose Vibram’s, Nike’s, Merrel’s, Asics, New Balance or Brand X, it doesn’t matter, just know that the health of you footwear will help you stay healthy. Don’t sabotage your hard work by risking an avoidable injury. Be well.
Kathy Conlon serves as a First Impression Director and Assessor at TBBC in Farmingdale, NY. She takes her role of helping you stay on track with your fitness goals seriously while managing to always make sure you are having fun.
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