Fresh Kicks

Have you been neglecting your sneakers? The shoes you workout in play a larger role in your workout than you may think. A good pair of workout shoes support your feet and the rest of your joints as you work out. Wearing the wrong shoes, or wearing old shoes can cause pain during your workout and even injury.

The first step is identifying what kind of workout shoe is best for you. Running shoes are good for those who put on a lot of mileage running each week. If you are training for a race or marathon you definitely want a pair of running shoes. Running shoes are lighter and provide more cushioning for when you foot hits the ground.

Cross trainers are better for a larger variety of workouts, such as strength training, HIIT, cardio, and more. These shoes provide more support for lateral movements.

It’s important that you replace your shoes regularly as well. The general rule of thumb is that you should replace running shoes every 300-400 miles. Cross trainers should be replaced every six months or so. You should listen to your body, as well. If you start to feel pain in your feet, knees, and back it may be time to go sneaker shopping.

My current shoes have hit their expiration date and I’ve been on the lookout for a new pair. I generally stick to New Balance shoes because I have plantar fasciitis and no arches. New Balance tend to have good arch support.

Here are some of the sneakers on my wish list:
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Workout Review: Feisty 50

Wanting to incorporate more strength training into my fitness routine I turned to Pinterest for some “fitspiration.” There, I stumbled upon a great blog full of all different kinds of workouts- a whole section of which you can do at home! Jess at¬†http://blondeponytail.com/¬†shares various workouts that all have one thing in common- they make you sweat! I’ve tried a couple of her workouts and loved them all but “Fesity 50” stuck out to me as it worked your entire body in about 30 minutes. I especially enjoy her workouts because she demonstrates all the different moves making it easy to follow along. You can also adjust the workout to fit your level of fitness. If you are just beginning you can start with 20 reps rather than the 50. I highly recommend checking out Blondeponytail.com to get workout ideas, nutrition information and some motivation! Let me know what you think of the workouts!