Do You Need Different Shoes for Different Workouts?
YES! Depending what workouts you are doing you might need to switch up your shoes for each workout. Many people don't realize this and could be doing damage to their body by not wearing the proper shoes when exercising. Let's look at a few different forms of workouts and what type of shoes you should be wearing when performing each.
Running - There's a reason there are running shoe stores in most cities. Running shoes are necessary when you're spending time hitting the pavement. These specific shoes are created to provide substantial midsole foot cushioning, they also offer arch support, aid in the prevention of injuries and can promote improved athletic performance. Running shoes tend to have a higher heel and a lower toe which promotes forward movement. They also have a substantial layer of cushioning to provide support from the heel to the toe. Running shoes tend to be pretty light because let's face it, no one wants to be weighted down when they are running!
Training - CrossFit, HIIT, Bootcamp, Kickboxing etc. require a type of shoe that offers support through multi-directional movements. Unlike running shoes which have a lot of cushion, the sole of a training shoe is flatter, making it more flexible to allow a wide range of movement. They also tend to be made of a more breathable material than lifting shoes to keep the foot from overheating during higher intensity workouts. They are more shock absorbent than lifting shoes to support plyometric movements.
Lifting - Hitting the gym to lift some weights? Lacing up lifting shoes is your best bet for providing stability and support. Lifting shoes are built with limited padding and a solid heel typically made of solid material such as wood, plastic, or leather. Weightlifting shoes also include a raised heel to limit the range of motion for your ankles making it easier to transition into a deep squat while keeping your back straight. They also often feature a midsole strap. This extra support helps keep your feet secure and avoids slipping or shifting.
While it might be a hassle to carry around different shoes for each workout, it's something to consider in order to support your movement and protect your body from injury.