Exercise walking, as with other forms of exercise, requires the right equipment for a safe and effective routine. Good waking shoes are an important investment, and choosing the appropriate walking shoes is an important step in maximizing the benefits of exercise walking.
Finding the proper walking shoe may take some time but it is essential for achieving long and short term benefits. Shoes are the most important piece of equipment in walking.
Walking shoes provide a basic protection and mechanical support for the foundation structures of the body – the feet – which in turn help keep the entire body balanced and aligned. When there is a minute imbalance in the feet, the compensatory domino effect causes changes throughout the body.
The right walking shoes can help foster excellent balance and posture during exercise walking, while poorly fitted walking shoes can cause pain or increase susceptibility to injury. It is best to find a technical running shoe store that will watch the individual’s walk and will provide a shoe that fits based on the individual’s specific bio-mechanics (this service is not typically found in large chain store).
Walking shoes should allow the feet to naturally roll slightly inward (pronation) and outward (supination) to help absorb the difference forces acting on the body.
Replacing Your Shoes
Worn out sport shoes do not provide your feed with adequate protection during your workout. According to Michigan State University Extension, running or walking shoes should be replaced after every 350 to 500 miles. If you run 20 miles a week, this means you should replace your shoes every 20 to 25 weeks. Netwellness advises against judging the wear of your shoes from the treads on the bottom. Instead, check the mid-sole of the shoe which will show damage sooner.
Questions? Email Momentum’s Fitness Director, Carol at Carol@momentumfit.com