Shoes are the unsung heroes of the fitness lifestyle and like many unsung heroes they sometimes get over worked and made to work far more than other gears.
I am fairly certain that most women would have changed gears at least thrice before they start thinking of their shoes, which might not be the best decision if I am allowed to speak for the shoes.
The truth is your shoe is one of the few workout gears that plays more than just a skin covering role.
It is protective and it isn’t just that, it protects a very vital part of the body; in fact it protects a part of your body that might stop you from working out if it gets injured.
So what is the shelf life of a shoe and when exactly do you need to change it? There are at least two answers for that question.
There are the purists that say you must do that every six months and there is the other side that says after 400-500 miles of movement but I prefer to look at it from a whole lot of angles.
I am not implying that those reasons are not good enough, but I believe different situations bring different needs.
With that clarified, I would love to expand on the situations and show you exactly what you need to be looking out for.
The 400- 500 miles bracket above is obviously for people whose exercise of choice is running and if they engage in 30 minutes of running 2-3 times a week they can own a shoe for a year.
If rock climbing is a hobby, then the time will be less than that. If you are into high intensity workouts, then six months could be your max.
Any kind of lifting tends to put a lot of pressure on the heels of any sport shoes and will cause faster wear and tear.So a more regular of shoes change will be the good thing to do.
If you are working out outside then you will need a faster shoe change compared to someone who does it inside.
I have written about the different body types in the past but there is something that is common sensical.
A plus size woman will experience wear and tear faster than an average size woman so if you are a plus size, you might need to change your shoes each eight to nine months.
For the average size woman, you can go as far as over a year because the force and weight you put on your shoes is far less than the plus size woman.
Signs that your shoes are crying for help
The first thing you’ll should notice is your feet start to slide forward. This happens because the shoes expand due to constant use.
The next thing you might notice are blisters and welts on your legs and pain on your back, hips, thighs, soles and a host of other locations.
When this starts to happen, that means you are already late and you need to take action immediately.
Your exercise shoes are supposed to make your leg feel warm; so if that has reduced then you are probably working out in a shoe that has a lean insole or a worn out midsole.
The inside cushioning might be worn out and the side foam less thick as they used to be.
When you are experiencing that it is obvious your shoes are not the best anymore and a change will do your legs and exercise regimen a world of good.
YOUR POSTURE AND GAIT
If you have an uneven gait and posture, a part of your shoes will wear out faster and that will mean you need a change of shoes faster than the average person.
The way to stop this is to fix your gait by deliberately standing or running with your body in an erect posture.
THE FLAT SURFACE TEST
This test will help you see clearly how worn out your shoes are and hopefully prompt you to change them.
All you need do is find a flat surface then put the shoes on it and if one or two of the shoes isn’t laying straight then your shoe is old and can’t carry your weight anymore.
There you have it, the different ways for you to know your shoes are old and in need of a replacement.
If your shoes need to be replaced then here are some tips for you to buy the best shoes that will carry your weight and ensure your legs are well protected.
CHECK WEAR PATTERN
Look at your former shoes and look at where the wear pattern is most paramount then buy shoes that has a strong cushion in that area.
This will ensure the shoe lasts longer and you get more value for your money.
Tips for buying New sport shoes
If you are a runner then you need flexible bendable shoes with bouncy sole because running involves a lot of movement.
If you are into weight lifting, then your shoes need to be stiffer with a stronger insole and heels.
Many experts recommend you walk around in your new workout shoes before going out for a long run or walk.
How often do you change your workout shoes?