Your Perfect Fit

Your Perfect Fit BlogAmericans are well aware of the endless benefits of daily exercise for the mind and body, as it’s been preached for years. So like many, you’ve hopped on the exercise bandwagon and have been active in the gym and outside. You grab your shoes, lace up, and head out the door. It doesn’t matter what workout you’re doing- one shoe fits all, right? Well, not quite.

Your feet work hard every day carrying you through your daily tasks of walking, cleaning, standing, working and exercising. Because your feet are at the root of everything you do, it only makes sense to care for them accordingly. When you neglect the roots you stand on, you’re going to deal with the swelling, blisters, injuries and the lasting discomfort that goes along with it (what a fitness buzz kill!).

With so many different kinds of shoes on the market, it’s hard to distinguish what’s cool-looking versus what’s going to really support your body for your workout. Depending on the exercise you’re doing, it’s crucial that you are choosing a shoe that’s going to help make the best of your workout while helping to prevent injury.

Below, I break down the best type of shoe to support specific exercises.

 

If you’re: Running

Wear: a run specific type of shoe

Why: When it comes to running, there is no one “best” shoe. Every runner has a different foot and running style and their shoe should be tailored to fit each specific need. Some need more sportive shoes with stronger arch support, while others may need something completely different.  Take the time to head to a specialty running store such as Endurance house or Fleet Feet where a professional can watch you run and determine the right shoe for you.

 

If you’re: Cross Training or in the studio

Wear:  training shoes

Why: Cross training shoes are built for versatility. Weather you’re attending your favorite group fitness class or walking on the treadmill, these shoes are meant to be supportive and durable. Depending on your personal preference, cross trainers can have minimal to moderate cushioning with wider bottoms to handle the variety of surfaces. These shoes are also ideal for your time spent on cardio machines, short sprint intervals and some strength training.

 

If you’re: Strength Training

Wear: strength training or lifting shoes

Why: The key aspect of strength training shoes lies in the heel. Typical lifting shoes should have minimal cushioning, making them non-compressible. They should be supportive, but with little to no heel. You are able to maintain the most traction and stability with a flat shoe, which allows for more mobility with heavy lifts. Many lifters recommend the classic Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers, as they are sturdy shoes that can lace tightly to your foot.

 

No matter what kind of movement you’re doing, it’s crucial that you are finding the best shoes that support your body’s needs. Try to avoid purchasing shoes based only on color and style and consider what activity the shoe will be used for. Taking the time to find what shoe works best with your type of exercise will not only help decrease injuries, it also helps reduce any pain in the body from absorbing all of your bodies activities. The next time you go to workout, take a moment to stop and think about the type of shoes you are using to ensure they are properly supporting your body’s needs.

 

~Fall in love with taking care of yourself. Mind. Body. Spirit. ~

 

-Hannah Anderson

Ready…Set…RUN!

Ready set run photoBy: Kenzi Weidman

Have you ever wished you could be one of those people that can run a 5K or even a marathon every other weekend? Personally, running was something I never thought I could do until I took the initiative to try it and stick to it. I read a million articles; a couple were from WomansHealthMag and Runners World. They all gave me the confidence to try it out and see what became of it! Here were some easy tips I followed that got me to running almost 3 miles a day:

Tip #1: Find some music that gets you motivated. Everyone has that song or artist that makes him or her want to dance and go crazy! Try running to that genre and it will keep you going. My favorite is sappy country music. There is something about hearing how a man lost the love of his life that keeps me thinking and running a couple miles! I also enjoy a little Basshunter or any kind of techno music. Sometimes I catch myself doing a little jig while running, but there is nothing wrong with that, right?

Tip #2: Get a light and comfortable pair of running shoes. Don’t think you can throw on any old pair of shoes and it will be comfortable to run a couple miles. I mean maybe it would be, but odds are a light pair of actual running shoes allows you to run further, keeps your feet comfortable and helps prevent injuries. My favorite pair of shoes, which I have had now for over 2 years, are my Nike Free Trainer’s. It is important to understand though that you should not wear the same pair of shoes forever. I read the article When Should I Replace My Running Shoes? and it really opened my eyes about getting a new pair. It’s hard to give up on your favorite pair and go to a new pair because you are use to them. Sadly though, it has to happen in order to maintain good form and prevent injuries.

Tip #3: Find a friend. No one wants to start a journey alone, or at least I don’t. I grabbed a good friend of mine and asked her to go with me. She of course was not a runner either and said “no” the first time but after a few too many times of asking her, she gave in. It is nice to have a buddy by your side because not only will your body want to keep up with them, but also you can help encourage each other to keep going and remind each other of your goals.

Tip #4: The last and final thing that I reminded myself every day; It may be hard, but don’t give up. Side ache after side ache along with shin splints and foot cramps. Running was not my thing, and I wanted more than anything to give up and get some McDonald’s. Persistence is key and I stuck through it! Just remind yourself that a little struggle now, will give you so much more strength later.

The point is, find what works for you and stick to it. Running is not everyone’s favorite thing, but once you get started, it can show just what you are capable of. Being able to tell your friends that you have ran multiple 5K’s or are about to do your first 10K or half marathon would feel like such an accomplishment and something to be so proud of. I sure am not there yet, but I hope many of you will start the journey with me!

“Always remember that it doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you keep on going.”

~Kenzi Weidman

Sources: When Should I Replace My Running Shoes? Runners World WomansHealthMag