It is that time of the year! It is the unofficial start of the summer. And I am going to ask you, like I ask the rest of my family, How are your exercise shoes? Many factors determine the life of your exercise shoes. Some shoes are well worn from age, others walking stride, while some even still quality. If the question of is it time for new exercise shoes ever crossed your mind, take the following into consideration.
Here are my top six reasons to buy new exercise shoes: (OK by my standards)
- You can’t remember when you bought them. I know that Kohl’s and Nike Factory Outlet are my places for exercise shoes. They sell Nike at great prices and they fit my feet comfortably. But Nike is the brand I wear after much trial and error. Choice of a favorite brand is very subjective. Don’t pick the brands that are geared toward fashion. Pick the tried and true athletic brands. Second, pick a brand that is comfortable. You should realize that everyone’s feet are different.
- You can’t see the brand label on the shoe any longer. If there is no SWOOSH (Nike Brand) left in your shoe? Watch for the next sale! You are hurting your feet.
- The shoes standing alone lean to one side. If your exercise shoes are soft or you strike the ground very hard, you may compress the heel of your walking shoes. This is a clear sign that it is time for new shoes.
- It’s been more than six months or 5,000 miles (strides) since your last pair. I get teased a lot about how many pairs of exercise shoes I go through in a year. And I always own at least two pair one for walking and one for Zumba. But if you want to protect your knees, if you walk for 45 minutes to an hour a pop, three times a week, get a new pair of shoes every 5 months.
- Your feet hurt when you wear them but feel better when you take them off. Lesson learned! I used to have a cool pair of tennis shoes that matched all of my exercise clothes. But my feet always felt pinched when I wore them. Finally after seven times of trying to be cute I took those suckers off and gave them to my sister. As I handed them to her I noticed they said “Narrow” on the inside. HA!
- Your foot no longer feels “cozy” inside the shoe. COZY is so important when you are trying to move your body. Your exercise shoe has to go the distance with you. Even if it is a SHORT distance, they have to stand the impact. See number five!
Quote for this week: Exercise? No thanks, I thought you said EXTRA FRIES!