Training Shoes versus Running Shoes

by Jen on July 19, 2011

Good morning everyone!  Did you have a good night last night?  I was a little busy, so when I went to bed, my brain wasn’t shut off.  I was lying in bed thinking about a million things, watching the clock get later, and later, and later.  Eventually I did fall asleep, only to be awake at 5:00 am.  What is up with that?

Remember yesterday, I was telling you about my experience with running shoes?!  Well today, I thought I would dig into that subject a bit deeper.

It is so important to have the right shoe when you are working out.  Whether you are a runner, a basketball player, participate in aerobics, or take a bootcamp-style class, picking the correct shoes is pivotal!

Before I started working out at home, I was a runner.  That’s all I did.  I ran.  Whether it was outside or on the treadmill, I would run everyday.  Even though I didn’t particularly like running, I always made sure I had the right shoe.

Running shows are built for forward motion, meaning heel strike to toe-off.  Running shoes have an emphasis on thicker heel cushioning which allows for better shock absorption.  The sole of the running shoe is usually curved so that the front tip of the shoe is arched upward which aid in the forward running motion.

When I stopped running and started doing high impact aerobics combined with strength training, I kept wearing the same shoes.  I thought, why not?  They have been good to me all these years.  They seem comfy enough.  And I like the style…..Nike Shox were my fave 😉

But, little did I know, I was doing damage to my feet (and knees and back) by wearing the improper shoe!  After about a year, my joints were hurting and my feet were burning after my intense workouts.  I chalked it up to fatigue.  But after some rest, I still kept experiencing the same problems.  Finally, I knew it had to be the shoe.

As I mentioned yesterday, I went to the experts and got the proper shoe for my type of workouts: Training Shoes!  Training shoes, aka cross trainers, have more flexibility in the forefront of the shoe and are better cushioned around the balls of the feet.  This allows more flexibility and support when you are doing anything from lateral moves to kickboxing to the repeated motion of weight training.  Also, the treads of a cross training shoe aren’t as pronounced as running shoes which lets you move around a lot easier.

Since using my cross training shoes, I’ve had no foot, knee, or back pain!

Depending on what type of sport or activity you love to do, please, please, please wear the proper footwear.  It’s one of the most important pieces of equipment you’ll be using.  And I’m pretty sure you want to be able to walk the rest of your life, right??!

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