Walking for Exercise
Walking is the easiest (and perhaps one of the most beneficial) form of exercise. However, it is only beneficial when done properly on a consistent basis. Though walking as an exercise may work its wonders, those who do it as a regular workout need to be careful about certain things.
While walking for exercise, some of you may have noticed that your feet begin to hurt. This is primarily due to the type of footwear you wear while walking. Just like it is important to wear the right type of clothes while working out, it is imperative to choose the right footwear.
Choosing the Best Walking Shoes
Here are five simple steps to choosing the right shoes for your feet:
- Consider the “fit” of the shoe. Your feet should have air to breathe and the ability to move flexibly in the shoes that you wear. To judge this, you should have space in front of the shoe for the toes to move flexibly. Take the shoe heel in your hand, and with the toe on a hard surface, press down. Check for the place where the shoe bends while doing this. If it bends easily at the forefoot, it is comfortable to go walking in. If it doesn’t, you may want to consider sizing up or get try another pair.
- Achilles Notch is the next thing you should check when picking out your walking shoe. It is important to decrease the tension/load on the Achilles Tendon while you pace yourself through your walking session. In addition to this, check for the toe box since it varies based on foot size. People with narrow feet require more toe space to accommodate any swelling that may occur while walking.
- Next, check for ankle padding. This is not something that comes with the shoe (and is more of an accessory), but it helps in many ways. Its major function is assisting in holding your ankle and heel in place while walking.
- Depending on the way your foot is shaped, you may need to opt for sneakers with motion control or more stability. Many athletic stores specializing in walking and running shoes can help you find the ideal shoe for your feet.
- Many running shoes have flared heels for stability. However, walking shoes typically have no flared heels, with the heel of the shoe is slightly angled inward. This is because flared heels change the way the foot hits the ground while walking. For walkers, it is best to find a shoe with a straight heel cut.
If you decide to walk on hilly terrain or hike in your shoes, be sure to look for shoes with strong sole grips, higher ankle coverage, and strong toe areas for more solid protection.
We hope these suggestions helped you with buying your next pair of walking shoes. You’re just one pair of shoes away from having an effective workout!
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