Buy the right running shoes
If you're planning to start a new exercise regime this summer, get off to a good start by investing in the right pair of shoes. It can be tempting to go for the cheapest option, but your feet won't thank you. Splashing out on a decent pair of trainers can also help to motivate you. If you've shopped around for good quality shoes, then the chances are that you'll want to use them.
The best thing you can do is visit a specialist store. The staff here will be trained to help you select the right shoe. They will assess what type of feet you have and help you to find the perfect pair. For example, a person with flat feet needs trainers that offer support and motion control, while someone with high arches need flexible footwear with a soft sole.
An easy way to see what kind of feet you have is by doing the wet foot test. If a large part of your print is missing, then you've got a high arch. If you can see most of the sole, then you have a flat foot or a low arch.
Some shops ask that you bring an old pair of shoes along with you, as they can assess the sole and see where you place your weight. Don't be afraid to try on a number of pairs. Most running shoes are slightly more expensive than standard trainers, so make sure you don't splash out on a pair that you're not totally happy with. Walk around when trying them on and check they don't pinch anywhere.
Let the shop assistant know what type of surface you'll be running on. There's a big difference between pounding the road and jogging on a treadmill in the gym, so let them know what you're planning to do.
Ideally, there should be a little space at the end of your shoe. Your feet swell slightly throughout the day and you need to leave room for movement. If you're buying running shoes for the first time, then don't go into the shop on a Saturday afternoon. You're much more likely to get the attention you need by popping in during the week.
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