Treadmill Basics

Running shoes

Shoes are an important fitness gear for everyone who runs. From those who jog habitually to those who are professional athletes, every runner has to rely on their shoes for the way they run and the health of their feet. Running shoes should be carefully chosen because it leaves an imprint not only on your running habit but also the well-being of your feet. The following features must be considered while choosing the perfect pair of shoes for your feet:

Size of your feet.
The shoes must fit perfectly on your feet. So wear them and see if they are comfortable. Jog a little to feel the comfort.
Weight of the shoes.
Remember heavy shoes can hurt the legs and the ligaments. The lighter and durable variety is probably the best kind.
The cushioning system.
That’s very important for playing the role of a shock absorber for the foot. The cushioning has to absorb all the damage which happens while thumping your feet on the ground.

Manufacturers and designers of running shoes have categorized and produced three different ranges of shoes which cater to three specific kinds of feet. There are mainly three categories to this classification - shoes which have cushions for your feet, shoes which give stability and shoes which control the motion of your feet. Running shoes are specifically designed for these particular needs.

A regular foot shows the forefoot and the heel connected by a slender band of the ridge of the foot. People with this kind of foot have very efficient motion of their foot and therefore need no motion control.

Another kind of imprint shows a flat foot with the entire sole of the foot leaving its mark, people with such foot should go for the shoes which have both the stability and motion control features.

The third kind of foot is the one which leaves only the imprint of the forefoot and the heel. This kind of foot needs cushion as these feet don’t have efficient shock absorbing capacity. Hence, the shoes for them must have a very good cushioning system.