For real, up until 2 years ago I had no idea that the kind of shoe you wore while working out mattered! I brought shoes based on my personal taste (style, color, etc); who knew those little subtitles "running" or "training" meant anything? I sure did not! But here's the deal, if you are running you need to wear a shoe like the one on the right. If you are training (think CrossFit, Insanity, weight lifting, or even Zumba), you need cross trainers. Why?
Running shoes are designed for FORWARD motion and trainers are designed for quick, agile, LATERAL (side to side) moves while still being able to accommodate bursts of forward motion (ex.interval training). Running shoes have the level of cushioning need to absorb the shock of impact (foot hitting the ground/pavement) and while trainers do provide support, they're also built for flexibility and agility. If you compare the bottom of these shoes, the one on the right has a very distinct, sharp tread and the one one the left a very slight tread.
What's the danger of wearing the wrong shoe? Increased risk of injury which could leave you on the sidelines making it much more difficult to reach your health and fitness goals, so please listen up!
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