No matter what activity you choose to pursue, it’s important to have the right gear to help you excel in your given area and also prevent injury or muscle strain. Part of that gear is selecting the right shoe for your chosen activity and, with so many options out there, it’s important to know exactly what type of shoe you should be selecting.
Why Do Your Shoes Matter?
Shoes are the base of your body when you’re exercising, and therefore it’s incredibly important to have the right footgear to stabilize yourself and prevent injury. Wearing the incorrect type of shoe can result in injury either because of an incorrect movement or slowly, over time, due to incorrect form.
The benefit of solid running shoes is their ability to take much more pressure than an average walking shoe or trainer. Because running takes such an impact on the ground, proper running shoes are vital to protecting your knees and softening the blow of your repeated stride.
Weightlifting shoes (often currently referred to as Olympic shoes) create a strong base for some of your heaviest lifts. They also allow you to lift more than you normally would, which can certainly add weight to your PR and push you over what you’ve been capable of in the past. Keep these in mind if you’re interested in lifting big!
The purpose of a CrossFit style shoe is to provide the correct amount of stability and support no matter what a workout may entail. Because workouts are varied, CrossFit shoes allow you to run short distances, get your burpees in, and help create a base for your heavier weightlifting. They’re also functional for everyday life. These can include shoes like the Reebok CrossFit Nano and the Nike Metcon.
No matter what style of shoe you choose, make sure you’re wearing the proper gear for any exercise. Doing so will prevent future strain or injury, as well as prevent overuse on your knees and joints!
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