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It’s a well known-fact that January and February are a time of annoyingly cold weather, annoyingly few holidays, and annoying numbers of people at the gym. At least my gym is like this. I shouldn’t complain, though, because anytime someone hits the gym after a long hiatus they should get a pat on the back. Right now we’re edging into the time of year when resolutions and good intentions start to melt away in the stress of day-to-day life. Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of working out for January and half of February. Keep it up!
Alright, enough cheerleading. Perhaps I can motivate you via fashion, instead. I find that good workout clothes are a key component of maintaining a consistent gym schedule. Nobody wants to go to the gym when they hate their workout clothing or feel uncomfortable. So lets focus on the most important piece of clothing: your shoes.
I’ve noticed a disturbing trend. When the whole athleisure thing took off, everyone became obsessed with Nike. This is a good thing, right? After all, Nike sneakers have got to be better for your feet than, say, 4-inch heels. But the problem with Nike is this: their stability shoe options suck. They’re terrible. Nike makes great minimal shoes–shoes for people with neutral feet, with no pronation. If your feet are like that, then stick with them. But if you’re one of my tribe, then you should go with another retailer.
How do you know if you’re a pronator or if you need more stability? There are few good methods:
- Visit a running store. Fleet Feet Sports is a great option if you live in Chicago.
- Take a quiz developed by running professionals to see where you land. Also, check out Run Signature, Brook’s in-depth method to determine your exact running type/stride.
- Have someone close to you monitor the way your feet and ankles move while you’re walking and running.
The third method, I think, is decidedly the best. I’ve visited running stores and had them recommend neutral shoes to me for years. In the last year, though, I developed knee pain when running and doing cardio in general. I couldn’t figure it out–it was consistent and never seemed to go away. Eventually, one morning on our walk to work, my husband mentioned to me just how much my feet were rolling inward in my Nikes. My arches were falling ridiculously. I wondered why Fleet Feet never caught that, but then I realized that when I walk barefoot, as they have you do when they’re fitting you, my feet roll inward a lot less noticeably. It would be easy to overlook.
Now that I’m in my 30s, subtle issues like this cause much more lasting issues in my life. Wearing inappropriate shoes actually leads to lingering knee pain and frustration. As with most things, though, identifying the problem is a big part of solving it. Knowing that I needed stability-focused shoes helped me to find the right ones. I did my research, and found that Brooks is well known for crafting great stability-oriented shoes for pronators like myself. I got in touch with them to feature a few of the shoes in their stability line here on the blog. I tried both their Adrenaline GTS and their Transcend 4 and found both to be great shoes.
I’ve worn these to the gym several times as well as walked to work in them (my commute is 4.5 miles each day) for a week. They feel great. They keep my feet from turning in and my stride nice and neutral. Plus, they look sharp. I love a nice, bright gym shoe.
I encourage you to really do your homework on what type of shoe you need before your next purchase, and if it turns out that you’re a pronator, stay as far away from Nike as you can–turn to Brooks instead and your knees will thank you.
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