Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Find your SOLE mate !

Find your perfect SOLE mate!!!
Ever take into consideration that in order to WANT to be active and train, you need to also be comfortable while doing it? We all know the importance of a great new outfit and sports bra so now we need to think about another important aspect... your FEET !
Having the right pair of shoes for the right type of training can be all the difference in training. Believe it or not,there are shoes that are designed for different things such as weight training, running outside on the road, trail runs and indoor cardio! Wearing the wrong shoes will only lead you to become discouraged, form blisters on your feet and my hinder performance. Check out the things you need to look for in a cute pair of kicks !!

If you are a runner.....
While it can be tempting to shop for the biggest bargain at your local department store, investing in a quality running shoe is money well spent. Wearing poor quality shoes that don’t fit your unique anatomy and training goals can have major problems in the long run. A good running shoe will offer the right amount of cushion, flexibility and breathability, but what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. In order to determine the right running shoe, it helps to know a little bit about your foot type such as if you have low, normal or high arch as well as your pronation which is how much the foot rolls in or out when it makes contact with the ground. Most specialty running stores offer a free analysis of your foot and gait to find the best shoe for you. Wearing a shoe that fits improperly like too big, too narrow or too small can impact everything!

If you walk or hike .....
Just like running you need to purchase a quality walking shoe. It is a smart investment if walking is a primary mode of exercise for you. Although some running shoes can be used for walking, the inverse isn't usually true. Walking shoes are more flexible through the ball of the foot to allow a greater range of motion through the roll of the forefoot. They also have greater arch support to protect where the force is heaviest on the foot. The type of walking shoe you need will depend on a number of factors, including your foot and the typical walking terrain. If you typically stick to the side walk your walking shoe will be different than a hiking shoe which has a different sole to grip the terrain.
Aerobics, Cross-Training or playing sports....
Cross-trainers or aerobic shoes are suitable for a wide variety of activities other than walking or running. They are also an option if you participate in many different kinds of activities without a primary mode of exercise dominating your workout schedule. Cross-trainers tend to have a wider out-sole, lateral support all over which benefit for activities that take place in directions other than forward motion such as a group fitness class and additional support for the heels and legs. Lateral support is important for the side-to-side motion of activities like aerobics classes and certain sports. If you do participate frequently in a specific sport like basketball or tennis, it's worth investing in a shoe designed for the sport and the surface you'll be playing on. The more comfortable you feel the more participating you will do in that activity.

Weightlifting can encompass a wide variety of workouts, from a strength training to a CrossFit class that incorporates Olympic powerlifting and plyometrics. The type of workouts you do will determine which kind of shoe is best. You want to find a weight lifting shoe that has little to no cushioning or support. This allows you to feel the ground and really focus on your form without the cushion to through off your balance.

Cycling ......
Cycling shoes have a stiffer sole that gives extra support and efficient energy transfer as you pedal away. They also protect your feet while riding and can help prevent foot cramping and fatigue more effectively than a traditional shoe. The type of bike pedal you have will also determine the kind of shoe needed. For example, platform pedals don't require a special type of footwear, but clipless pedals require special shoes which have a cleat fitted into the sole.
Use this information to find a shoe that fits your needs then hit this workout with your new shoes !!

Workout Wednesday !!!
Total Leg burner!
Complete 3 rounds of the following:
-25 reverse lunges
-25 jump squats
-25 mt. climbers
-10 pushups
-25 walking lunges
-25 side step lunges
-25 crunches
-25 bicycle crunches
-25 flutter kicks
Working on those Humps for Hump day !

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