Different machines require different types of footwear.
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Different sports and activities require an appropriate pair of shoes for maximum performance and protection from injury. If you prefer running, a good pair of running shoes is important to ensure that your muscles are working efficiently and to keep your joints and ligaments protected throughout the exercise. Wearing the wrong type of shoes not only will make your exercise routine difficult to do, but also they won't allow you to target the right muscles to reach your fitness goals.
For CrossFit Training
When doing CrossFit training, cross-training shoes are recommended because they provide stability and support when doing a variety of activities such as running, weight training and moving in different directions. If you wear the wrong pair for CrossFit training, you risk losing your balance when carrying weights around or might not have enough traction. You might also sustain sprains and other leg and foot injuries if you wear inappropriate shoes. Expect to do jumps, bounces and a combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercises, so versatile shoes are needed.
When running on a treadmill, you can wear running shoes that are designed for forward movement. Choose shoes that provide ample sole height so you have enough cushion when landing. You will also need a special type of running shoe that gives support if you have high-arched feet or flat feet. Footwear also is available for heavy-set individuals or those who prefer to run like they are barefoot. Wearing the wrong pair when on a treadmill can cause pain and long-term injury of your ankles, feet, calves and legs. You are also become more prone to tripping and slipping.
Cross-trainers or specific shoes designed for weightlifting are ideal because they provide maximum support during your workout. The entire body and core should remain stable as you go through the movements. Cross-trainers and weightlifting shoes should have the right flat soles and give you traction so your foundation stays solid. Wearing the wrong shoes can lead to leg and foot pain, as well as cause problems in your spine and hips because of a lack of stability and balance. According to a study by Arthritis Research UK, you can also prevent arthritis and other bone and joint problems by wearing the right pair of shoes.
You can wear running shoes or cross-trainers when exercising on an elliptical machine. The main consideration is the sole, which should give you traction so you stay balanced and stable on the steps. The wrong pair of shoes can injure your feet. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, look for designs that have breathable meshes so the blood continues to circulate in the lower body and your feet stay cool for the 30 to 60 minutes you spend on the machine. If you feel pain and discomfort after just several minutes on the machine, you are likely wearing inappropriate shoes.