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Shop for proper training shoes to keep fit

Ana Madigibuli
Friday, October 27, 2017

WALK out the office after 5pm in Suva and you will notice workers rushing off for that quick fitness fix, something some office workers miss out on simply because of busy schedules, deadlines at work or shifted priorities.

Afternoon workouts come in many forms — a groovy zumba session, a calm yoga workout with friends, a business house volleyball or netball match, squash, touch-rugby at the park or just a quick pace walk at the Suva sea wall.

Exercising is important and it's great to maintain a good workout schedule when you spend most of your day sitting in the office.

One thing that can ruin the excitement of getting fit after work is the thought of finding the perfect training gear to suit the workout. A must-have training gear for any time of workout is a good pair of quality running shoes.

Today we will look at some of the things that you need to consider when shopping for that perfect training shoes that is listed by the Live Strong website

Step 1

Pinpoint the cross-training shoe section in your shoe store of choice. While these shoes are typically marked, you may need to ask a sales professional to confirm that the shoes you are looking at or trying on can meet your cross-training needs.

Step 2

Select several shoes in differing brands to try on. Because each brand may offer a different design and model of a cross trainer, it's important to try on several kinds to identify which type will be best for you

Step 3

Test the fit of each shoe. This can be accomplished by wiggling your toes (you should be able to fan your feet out and wiggle the toes); identifying where the top of the toe is in relation to the top of the shoe (there should be a thumbnail's length of space); and the heel should feel secure and supported while wearing the shoe.

Step 4

Consider fit issues related to the shoe and make sure you try on each shoe with the socks you would be wearing during exercise. For example, walk across the room. Does your foot feel cushioned and supported? Is the foot lightweight enough to perform your activities of choice? Also, does the foot feel stable while moving (the foot doesn't feel as if it is wobbling or slipping out of the shoe)? If you answered no to any of these questions, the shoe is not for you!

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