No matter what your weight loss programs entail, the chances are that you’re not going to be taking part in sports bare-foot. The best way to lose weight is often with a variety of different exercises – however, it’s important to recognize that the same shoes won’t be suitable for every workout. The truth is that the perfect shoe is not only going to be different from person to person, but it will also vary based on the activity you get involved with.
With the amount of design that goes into manufacturing shoes for each foot structure, body type, and mode activity, walking into your local shop and choosing a shoe based on color or price alone could be forcing your feet into the wrong positions. If you want to get more out of your workout, you shouldn’t make your shoes multitask. Walking shoes are often stiffer than running shoes, which are more flexible, and cycling shoes are designed to adhere perfectly to the pedals.
Below, we’ll cover some of the things you’ll need to consider when choosing the right shoe for the right sport.
If you’re looking for a great pair of running shoes to help you get more out of your time on the track, the first thing you’ll need is a well-cushioned brand that absorbs the shock of your feet hitting the pavement. The more cushioning the better, as this will help to lower the amount of stress on your joints. At the same time, you should ensure that your running shoes are lightweight, and contain some mesh at the top to keep the weight down and your feet cool during the summer. Search for plenty of grip for directional motion, and ask your personal trainer in London if you feel that you need a certain level of support.
Football boots are specifically designed to give you a better range of motion during games, without placing too much strain in your joints. The studded or bladed outsoles of football boots help you to change direction and turn, pass and shoot. Unlike running shoes, football boots don’t often contain a great deal of cushioning or support. Make sure that you select a pair that’s ideal for the area that you often play in – such as molded studs for hard ground, or screw-in studs for soft ground.
The types of shoes that you get for rugby can either be “forwards” or “backs”. Forwards usually have around 8 studs in order to provide sports players with more traction, whereas backs have a lighter 6 studs that allow for faster movement. Similarly to football boots, rugby boots don’t provide much cushioning or arch sport, though it is possible to buy a sports insole for extra support if needed.
Cycling shoes need to have a snug fit that ensure they remain molded to the feet at all times, however they still need to have some space within to ensure that your feet will remain comfortable as they begin to swell. Remember, your feet will swell as they warm up during exercise. Ideally, you should be able to wiggle your toes freely, and the shoes should be snug before you have to adjust them – just like a quality pair of gloves. In some cases, you may find that the cycling shoes you buy will be small depending on your brand choice, so attempt to try them on when possible.
Finally, tennis shoes are often a lot plainer and less cushioned than running shoes, but they don’t have the same professional grip as football or rugby boots. Often, they offer some support for the ankle because lateral movement is required during a game of tennis, and must have a significant amount of grip on the sole for traction on different surfaces.
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Marc Dressen, MSc
Personal Trainer in London
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