When it comes to working out, you want to make sure you have the right equipment; whether that be your machines or your shoes, you want to make sure that you have all the right things for all the right workouts. Believe it or not, one of the most important pieces of your workout necessities are your shoes. There are different types of sneakers for different types of workouts. If you’re running, you need running shoes. If you’re walking, you need walking shoes. Same for biking, hiking, weight lifting and so on. Let’s take a look at the differences between shoes and which ones would be best suited for you.
When it comes to your running shoes, you want something that has plenty of support. And, the type of running you do, whether it’s short distance running (such as sprinting) or trail running, you need the sneaker that best fits your needs. Here are some tips for you:
- Basic Running: This is your average running sneaker. You want a sneaker that has plenty of stability, motion control, and cushion. The stability helps prevent injuries, the cushion adds comfort, and the motion control provides support for your arch.
- Trail Running: This is the type of shoe you need if you’re not running on sidewalks and tracks. These shoes have a much more aggressive tread, providing more grip and stability. Also, the heel is stiffer to prevent injury from loose rocks, roots, and other hazards.
- Racing: These sneakers are what you need if you’re a sprinter. They are lightweight, which helps with speed and endurance. They are designed to prevent too much ground contact (to increase your running speed) and there is no heel lift.
If you’re a cyclist, than this list is for you. Believe it or not, there are different types of cycling shoes as well, depending on what type of cycling you participate in. Here are some things for you to consider:
- Casual Cycling: If you’re a casual cycler, just looking to enjoy the outdoors and go for a short ride, less than 5 miles, than your favorite pair of sneakers will work just fine. You want something that’s comfortable and cushioned, so your feet aren’t sore.
- Road Cycling: For competitive cyclists, you need shoes that are lightweight and stiff soled. These soles and lack of tread make pedaling easier.
- Mountain Biking: These are a great hybrid shoe due to their mildly aggressive tread and their stiff sole for grip, traction, and better pedaling. These shoes can be worn for biking and walking through the trails.
- Spinning Shoes: For those of you who want to bike, but don’t have the time, equipment, or proper location to do so, spinning is a great alternative. For spinning, you need shoes that are breathable and hard soled, and ones that are comfortable for your whole foot.
These shoes are a bit more versatile, since you’re walking and not participating in high intensity sports like hiking, biking, or running. With walking shoes, you want something that’s comfortable and offers support. You also want a shoe that’s light weight, to prevent you from tiring out easier. Find a shoe that’s comfortable and appropriate for your type of walking.
Here at Multi Gym, we have your best interest in mind. If you have any questions regarding what type of shoe would best fit your workout routine, than make sure to talk to one of our personal trainers. Plus, if you want to join a fantastic spinning class, than Multi Gym is the place for you! Make sure to visit our local gym for tips, advice, and information on all of the workout classes we have to offer!