- What 3 qualities should you look for in cross-training shoes and why?
- Cushioning in the heel and forefoot to enable you to spread your weight evenly when lifting weights and for extra balance. You need a shoe that can take you from running to HIIT class to Yoga and back again.
- Stability for side to side movements. As you may be doing a lot of quick movements such as salsa moves in Zumba, or split-jump burpees in a HIIT class, you need the shoe to be able to move with you.
- You need them to fit well from the start. They should have around half a centimetre between your largest toe at the end, a wide enough toe box that the shoe is not stretched against your foot, and your heel should be stable and not slip out.
- How much difference can a good pair of shoes have on your fitness workout?
- Once you have a good pair of well fitting shoes, it can make your workout a lot easier and allow you to push yourself to the next level. Poor fitting shoes will result in pain and muscle fatigue which is greatly reduced by a good fitting pair.
- How often should you change your cross-training shoes and why?
Depending on how much you use your shoes, you should aim to replace them every 5-6 months. After this time, the cushioning deteriorates and they are no longer fit for purpose and can cause injury.