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Footwear Can Make or Break A Workout

By Tom Herrin

More than likely, when someone hears the term workout, the first thing that comes to mind is sweat.  After that, the scene of someone wearing gym clothes and a headband while going through an exercise program is pretty standard.  The greatest impact may be where the rubber actually meets the road.  This is the role of footwear.  A bad match in footwear can turn someone off to any workout program no matter how good the program seems to be.  A good match can mean a much higher level of success.  When the feet feel good, the entire body can feel rested.

What Is The Deal With Bad Shoes?

The term "bad shoes" is probably misleading.  Bad shoes for the intended purpose may be a better way of stating it.  If someone was going out in the snow, lightweight jogging shoes may be bad.  Wet feet are miserable in cold weather.  Some heavy work is best done in steel-toed boots.  They offer great protection.  For running or general working out, lightweight shoes are ideal.  Anytime a person feels as if soaking the feet is the only way to recover, the shoes are probably wrong for working out.

Minimal Is The New Maximum

In this day of modern technology, there are plenty of shoes that offer great protection with minimal constraint.  They may be extremely lightweight, sometimes feeling like a house shoe.  After having worn some of them, I am amazed at how great they can make the feet feel.  I actually feel rested as soon as I take a break because I am not dealing with tired and sore feet.  When a person’s feet can feel refreshed, the entire body can feel energized.

Shop With A Real Purpose

When a person decides to purchase a new pair of shoes, primary consideration should really be what they will be worn for and not what they look like.  Pretty shoes can still cause the feet to hurt.  I have found that out myself.  I tend to like certain colors or styles when I really have needed to pay attention to how they feel on my feet.  I can assure anyone that if they want to move around, run, or work out, shoes that can barely be felt will go a long way toward maintaining better conditioning because a person will look forward to the activity.  Footwear really can make or break the success of a workout.

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