Weight loss guide – choosing running shoes

Posted: May 1, 2012 in sports, Tips
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Running shoes

Everyone runs for different reasons, some like it as a sport, to improve their endurance for other sports or simply to stay fit but no matter why you run or how intense is your training program, you have to choose running shoes that fit your specific kind of feet or otherwise the stress on your joints will be much bigger than it already is and it could lead to a serious injury. That is why you have to figure out what kind of feet you have and with this i mean that you need to know what type of arch you have and what is your pronation. A shoe that fits your feet will correct your run and help you reduce the strees on your joints to avoid injuries.

Pronation

There are three different types of pronation:

-Neutral pronation: When the foot rolls inwards during the heel to toe transition to the gait it is called neutral pronation.
-Over pronation: this happens when the foot rolls excessively inwards and the arch collapses.
-Under pronation and supination: it occurs when the foot does not roll enough.

Arch

To decide what type of running shoes you should get you first need to know what kind of arch you have. There are a lot of ways to determine your arch that you can find online, maybe the easiest is to examine your footprints in the sand or on paper with wet feet.

-Flat feet: If you don’t see any arch it means you have flat feet which is a bad thing because it means you are most likely an overpronator. If you have flat feet you will need running shoes that provide you with more stability. Most running shoes companies have information on each model including recommended arch and pronation.

-High arched feet: If you have high arches you probably supinate. It is important for people with this kind of arches to periodically remeasure their feet because running will make their arches to gradually fall, making their feet longer.

-Neutral feet: if it is not high nor flat it means it is neutral. It is the most common kind of feet and unless you buy shoes for really high or really flat arched feet you won’t have any problems wearing any other kind of running shoes.

Final comments

It is not necessary for you to go to a specialist to determine your pronation and arch but you need to know this information so that you can buy running shoes that fit your specific kind of feet.

for more information on this subject check the rest of my articles or contact me at igna_torres92@hotmail.com

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