Choosing The Right Shoe
Shoes get the most use out of any piece of equipment during your workout or just everyday life. Different workouts call for different shoes and I strongly suggest you get properly equip for it. There are shoes for just about everything and there are hybrids for just about everything as well. I have a different pair of shoes for running, weight lifting and cross training, not to mention the dozen I’ve accumulated over the years for casual occasions.
Its hard to pick out the right running shoe for yourself, i strongly suggest you go to a running store and get fitted for your foots length, width and acres. They will also get you set up for your stride of running, height, and weight but don’t just go to your local sports store. Make sure its a strictly running shoe store if you want to get serious and not just talk to some kid making 8 bucks an hour. A good pair of runners can make a HUGE difference, often stopping shin splints, pain on the balls of your feet and can help with joint pain. Finding the right pair of shoes might just be what you need to get to the next level.
When your doing power lifting exercises improper shoes can put more pressure on the balls of your feet causing you to lean forward and round your back. Everything starts from the ground up, so get yourself a good foundation. For weight lifting you want to have a flat bottom shoe. You can get specialized shoes but that’s pricey so if your not competing I wouldn’t worry about it. Chuck Taylors or the old Adidas Superstars will work along with any flat bottom skate shoe. The right shoe will help with your form and actually help you lift more. Personally i go bare foot for doing any power building exercises like squats, deadlifts or overhead press. But if you don’t feel comfortable barefoot, any of the shoes above will do perfectly fine.
Cross trainers are meant to be a comfortable light shoe that’s good for working out if your not doing power building exercises. You can run in cross trainers but i wouldn’t recommend it if your running any significant distances. If your just getting back into the swing of the gym a pair of cross trainers will be all you need.