Walking and running are basic movements that are highly beneficial in terms of cardiovascular exercise. Typically, all you need to start running or walking is the desire and a good pair of shoes. Both of those things can be quite challenging.
Walking shoes can be easier to find as they can be most any type of sneakers. Running is a little more difficult. Here are a few tips on finding the best sneakers for your walking or running program.
First and foremost, it is imperative to go to an actual professional running or sports gear store. Big box stores can have a fairly decent selection of sneakers but might not have a qualified professional to help you find what you need. Do not choose sneakers based on a flashy look, or cool color scheme. Choose them based on what feels best.
The next big thing is to explain to the professional exactly what your plans are for running or walking. This will help them narrow down what you need. These types of stores also tend to watch you walk or jog. This lets them see your gait which also helps them zero in on what type of shoe will work for you.
Another important thing to remember is to go and get fitted for shoes in the afternoon. The reason for this is that feet tend to swell during the day from being on them. When being fitted pay attention to the toes box. This is the area at the front of the shoe. You should be able to wiggle your toes in your shoes.
Most reputable stores will also give you a few days to run or walk in the shoes to make sure they feel right. Remember that the overall performance of the sneakers will degrade over time with use. Running shoes tend to last anywhere from 300-500 miles or 3-6 months. This is pretty similar for walkers, though you can skew toward the higher numbers as walking does not wear out shoes as quickly.
Remember if you have any questions you can always give us a call, send us an email, or stop by the gym and office. We’d love to help in any way we can!
by Christopher Setterlund