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img_6188It’s all about the shoes when working out. And your shoes can make or break your workouts, actually causing harm to your body if the right shoe isn’t worn. There are specific shoes for your workouts and you should ALWAYS be fitted for them properly. Not just at a big box store, but by someone who is properly trained. 

I have shoes for running and my cross training and every day sneakers. I never wear my running shoes for anything but running until they are a retired shoe. Same with my cross trainers. I use my cross trainers for hard walks, cardio and lifting sessions and spin class. You never want to wear your fitness shoes for anything but that. Don’t put added hours and stress on your shoes that isn’t necessary especially your running shoes. It can break them down different causing pain and problems for your runs. 

Wearing the wrong shoe for your activity can cause injury, aches, pains and sideline you. Each type of shoe is specifically designed for that workout. It’s created for fit, shock absorption, weight/heaviness of the shoe and flexibility. Always choose the correct shoe over looks! 

What is the difference between cross trainers and running shoes anyway?

Cross-training shoes provide cushioning, running shoes go much further in protecting your feet from impact with the ground. Regular runners shouldn’t use cross-country shoes. They simply don’t provide enough cushioning and support, whether you are running outside or inside on a treadmill. Using a cross-trainer for running leaves you susceptible to foot, knee and back injuries.

Running shoes, as you might guess, are lighter than cross-trainers. This lack of weight makes it easier to run, especially when you are piling up the miles. If you walk regularly, use a running shoe for that purpose as well. The heavier weight of the cross-trainer provides extra durability and control to support lateral movements.

The sole of a cross-trainer is wide and stable, often expanding beyond the width of the upper port of the shoe. This width provides more support for lateral movement that you engage in with these shoes. Runners rarely make the sharp cuts and lateral movements that are standard on the basketball court or a dance class, for example. In addition, the tread on running shoes is smooth, which provides less traction, but because runners are essentially moving straight ahead, traction is rarely an issue.

So, when working out, make sure you have the right shoe that was professionally fitted for you. Proper fit, shoe and activity can keep you moving for years to come!

Here are my favorites:

Newton Gravity for running, Asics Sans Gel-fit for cross training, Ryka for high impact cardio/dance, Chucks for easy evening walking or old running shoes for longer harder walks. 

What are your favorite running or cross trading shoes?