To most of us, the health of our shoes does not really matter. It has nearly zero relevance in our lives. Information regarding science of fitness throws light on the importance of shoes to exercise and to avoid risk of injury.
From walking shoes to cross trainers to shoes for athletes to…the list goes on and on. It is an unending list. To a layman this may seem more like a commercial strategy to boost the company’s pocket size. But as professionals we know how important shoes are for various activities, and it is time you got involved in knowing its benefits.
The sole of the shoes are differently structured to enable you perform best in the given field. These help get a good grip on the surface you workout on, ensuring minimal risk of injury. The cushioning inside the shoe absorbs any impact, minimizing risk of injury to the joints, mainly your knees and the inter-vertebral discs in your back.
Arch support along with forefoot flexibility equally balances body weight on the heels and the front of the foot during fast movements. In turn protecting your knees of taking the strain.
Ankle support in certain exercises such as aerobics is extremely important, to subtly take away strain and impact off the ankle. Designing sport shoes have become an important aspect in the world of fitness, as it partially minimizes any risk of injury. Shoes are not just about looking good but also about being good.
ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) recommends the life of shoes, if used daily, to avoid exceeding more than 18 months.
Next time when you complain about your knees or back after or during your exercise routine; just stop a while and think about those good ol’ shoes!