Monday Morning Fit Tip:
BUY SHOES THAT FIT
The comfort of your feet can determine how long you work out, and at what intensity. Blisters and numbness are signs of poor-fitting shoes that negatively affect your workouts. If your feet hurt you may compensate by changing your posture or stride, which could lead to injury. So here are some tips for buying fitness footwear:
Don’t make your shoes multitask. Walking shoes are stiffer while running shoes are more flexible, with extra cushioning to handle greater impact. If you do both activities, get a pair for each one.
Shop toward the end of the day. Feet swell over the course of the day and also expand while you workout, so your new shoes should fit your feet when they’re at their largest.
Bring your own socks — the ones you wear while running or walking. If you wear orthotics, bring those, too. Shoes need to fit with the orthotic inside.
Don’t believe in breaking in. Running and walking shoes should feel comfortable right away. Test them out – walk or run around the store a little to make sure they feel good during movement.
Know when to replace them. For safety and comfort, pay attention to how your shoes look and feel. Once the back of the sole is worn out or the shoe feels uncomfortable or less supportive, it’s time to go shopping again!