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Which shoe should I wear to do aerobics?

29 April 2011 No Comment

So after finishing P90X and “jumping” into Turbo Fire, I realized that the shoes I was wearing were not going to cut it. As you know from my previous post, my shoes have gotten too big for me, and now do not provide the support that I need for the aerobics that I am doing. My knees, back and feet started hurting. So I started doing some research and shopped around. It’s amazing how many types of running shoes there are! The days of the cross trainers seem have all but disappeared. Back in the days when I taught aerobics we had shoes designed specifically for all of the jumping that was involved in high impact aerobics. Don’t get me wrong… I did find some cross trainers, but they were either uncomfortable, heavy or just didn’t provide the necessary support when I jumped around. I looked at many different brands, searched the web and spoke with many salespeople. Here’s what I discovered:

  1. Choosing the right size shoe for your foot is most important. The different styles and manufacturers have different features. Some have wider toe boxes, better arch support, more padding or support at the heel or under the ball of the foot. It is important that you have enough length to prevent your toes from being cramped, and snug enough to prevent slippage. You should be able to wiggle all of your toes, and your heel should not slip out of the back. Proper fit will avoid future injuries. Some things i learned? Shop in the afternoon… feet swell as the day goes on. And always buy the shoes to fit the larger of your two feet (so try on BOTH shoes). And remember not to get stuck on a size… manufacturers vary. When you try on shoes, use the same socks that you will be working out in. And remember… there should be a thumbs width of space between your toe and the end of your shoe
  2. Good support is also important. For me it was enough cushion to support the impact of jumping. For you it might be better traction and good side support for court games (tennis, basketball…).
  3. Stability for lateral moves is imperative to protect your feet and ankles. Be sure that the bottom surface is flexible and broad on the bottom. The heel should be stiff.
  4. Comfort… there is no such thing as “breaking in” a workout shoe. You will be wearing it from the start to workout, so they should not hurt or pinch your feet at all! There is nothing worse than working out when you have pain!

So there you have it! I will admit that I bought a few different shoes, brought them home, and ended up taking them back. I would put them on when I got home and walk around in them. I wore them to my exercise room and jumped up and down on the surface where I would be exercising. The good news? I finally did find a pair that works for me. I did end up spending more than I wanted, but in the end, my back, knees and feet are much happier. I can focus more on learning the routine of Turbo Fire and concentrating on good form. I’m getting a great workout. I did end up with a running shoe, but one with a wide heel and lots of cushion to absorb the shock of jumping. For me? It is the Asics IGS Gel Platinum 4 with ┬áSolyte.

Let me know if you have any questions about buying the right shoe for you! And do forget… a good sock is also important! Your knees will thank you!

Karen Crawford
Independent Beachbody Coach


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