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How to Find Your Next Pair of Trainers by Guest Writer, Angelita Williams

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Published: Friday, September 14, 2012



Starting New Fitness Courses?

How to Find Your Next Pair of Trainers by Guest Writer, Angelita Williams

It doesn't matter what kind of new fitness regimen you have decided to start; in exercise, just as in life, the right shoes are essential. If you're looking to do some major cross-training, you will want a shoe that give you balance and side-to-side support. Runners will search high and low for the perfect shoe, as the wrong ones can do a number on your knees, shins and joints. Even taking a course like Zumba or kickboxing requires a different kind of shoe than what you might pick up just to walk around. Finding the perfect pair of trainers can work wonders to prevent the aches and pains that come along with exercise that is new to your body. But what makes for the perfect shoe? The answer is simple: There is no perfect shoe; there is only the perfect shoe for you. Here are four tips to find the perfect shoe for your foot and make sure it will work for you once you leave the store.

1. Measure Your Foot While Standing

In order to get the perfect size and width, you will have to measure your foot at the shoe store. Have a store assistant help you with this, and always make sure to take the measurements while you are standing, rather than sitting. Your foot naturally spreads when you put your full weight down on it, so, if you take your measurements sitting, you may size yourself too small.

2. Run in Them Before You Buy

Any good shoe store should have no problem with you testing shoes to their full potential before you make a purchase, as long as you don't get them dirty. Take a jog or run around the store, wait 15 minutes, then run around again. Do this until you find a shoe that feels supportive and weightless when you move. As long as the shoes feel great running or jogging, they will be sure to support you in other exercises. Make sure to try doing multiple kinds of movement before you make your ultimate decision.

3. Know your Foot Type

Your feet may be long, short, wide, or narrow. They may have high, low or medium arches. This will affect the style of shoe that's best for your foot. You also need to find out whether your feet roll inward or outward as you run and look for shoes designed to correct these imbalances. Ask the salesperson to take a look at your feet and the way you walk to help you assess which shoe to buy. If the salesperson could care less, look up videos online for advice and visuals.

4. Ask for a Flexible Return Policy

Many shoe stores will allow you to return or exchange a shoe after a week or so, even if you have taken it outside. Sometimes you simply don't know how a shoe will work for you until you take it out running in the real world. If a shoe begins to bother you and still hasn't improved in a week's time, take it back to the store and ask to try another pair. The last thing you want to do is get stuck with a shoe that simply doesn't work, or, even worse, causes injury or pain.

With these simple tips in mind, anyone can make a seamless transition (as far as your feet are concerned) into new fitness courses, and you may even be the envy of your fellow workout partners.

Angelita Williams is a freelance writer and education enthusiast who frequently contributes to www.onlinecollegecourses.com. She strives to instruct her readers and enrich their lives and welcomes you to contact her at angelita.williams7@gmail.com you have any questions or comments.


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