“Running shoes have changed a lot over the years. They breathe better, are more likely to come in various widths, and are constructed from superior materials,” writes runnersworld.co.za. Most important, there are far more shoes to choose from (racing, training, track, cross-country). And that means there are more options available for you to find the right fit for your workout.
Doing that will ensure you protect your body from unnecessary sporting injuries during exercise.
But figuring out which shoe will work best for you isn’t an easy task.
How to pick the right workout shoe – in seven easy steps
To pick the right shoes for your workout, heed webMD.com’s expert advice before buying new footwear:
Injured your ankle? Heal it with RICE
If like Stegmann, you’ve already injured your ankle, use the RICE technique to set it right faster.
According to Health Bytes, the RICE technique consists of:
Rest: Don’t put pressure on an ankle sprain for at least two days – use crutches to help you do this.
Ice: Wrap ice in a drying cloth and apply to your ankle for ten minutes at least four times on the day of the injury.
Compression: Apply extra support for your ankle by using an ankle strap.
Elevation: Raise your ankle to the same level of your heart when sitting to keep swelling down.
Bottom line: By knowing how to pick the right shoes for your workout, you can prevent ankle injuries and avoid putting the RICE technique to the test.