The secret to keeping our joints healthy and strong as we age is to stay active and exercise regularly. In order to exercise safely and reap the positive benefits of losing body fat and strengthening muscles and joints is to wear the proper footwear. Wearing the proper shoes can help prevent injury, maintain balance, and ensure we’re doing the exercises properly!
There are so many options of footwear to choose from — it can be overwhelming! There are so many different brands and styles, it’s hard to know which ones will be the right fit for you and help you achieve the goals you have in mind. I would highly recommend booking an appointment with your local podiatrist or physiotherapist for help. Both of these professionals are qualified to assess your feet, your gait (walking style), and prescribe advice on the style of footwear that is going to suit you best.
Shoes can be quite expensive, so you want to make sure you get the right pair for you. With that in mind, here are five considerations when deciding on the best footwear for exercise.
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Type of Exercise
Certain types of exercise need more caution and care than others when it comes to proper footwear. These exercises would be running, dancing, walking or cycling. You’ll want to make sure you have lots of support from your footwear in order to avoid any injury or pain.
Another thing to take into consideration are any underlying injuries or conditions that you might have. Your footwear will be the first line of defense against flare ups in pain and discomfort. For example, if you have a condition such as bunions, you’ll need plenty of forefoot space to avoid aggravation and limit any symptoms.