Choosing the Right Gym Shoes

Most people lead busy lives with work, family, and social events to keep track of. Finding time to get to the gym is not only difficult, it’s also something that many need motivation to do. So when you do get to the gym, it’s important that you have the right gear to get the best workout.

In particular, you should be wearing shoes that are appropriate for the workout that you do. Each of the following shoes have specific features to provide you with the proper support and cushioning for your exercises:

  • Running Shoes – Many running sneakers are designed for typical cardiovascular exercises. Running and jumping exercises require a snug fit with a good amount of cushion on the sole of the shoes to absorb impact on the bones of the ankles, knees, and hip joints. Many are made with mesh material so that your feet can breathe for long distance runs, but snug enough so that your feet are still stabilized.
  • Cross-trainers – These shoes are made for many uses in the gym. Crossfit, calisthenics, running, and even dancing (think dancerobics) can be performed with these shoes. If you vary your exercise routine each time you go to the gym, these shoes may be the best choice for you. They tend to have grip on the outer soles, but are flexible for lateral motion too.
  • Weightlifting shoes – A big feature of weightlifting shoes is a raised heel. The angle of the feet on a raised heel gives wider range of motion for most people, allowing for a deeper squat or other position. The structure of the shoes are usually more stable than minimalist shoes so that you have more stability in the base of your weightlifting position and motion.

Additionally, there are other activity-specific shoes like ballet shoes, rock climbing shoes, sports cleats, and hiking boots. Each of these also have unique features that assist athletes in their respective sports and provide safety features to prevent injury.

Finally, in all activities in indoor or outdoor gyms, remember to stay on top of foot hygiene. Locker rooms are a high traffic area for bare feet, making you more susceptible to bacterial, viral, or fungal infection. Wear your flip-flops in the locker room to reduce your risk of things like plantar warts!

If you have further questions about the right shoes for your feet, make an appointment with us at The Podiatry Group. Our podiatrists, Dr. Mark E. Reiner, Dr. Michael A. Haughey, Dr. William G. Coates, and Dr. Erik D. Rosenlof can assist you with your gym routine needs at our Jonesboro, AR office.