Portland Oregon Personal Trainer | The Proper Running Shoe

It’s important to have proper footwear when running or exercising.  Very important.  You wouldn't want to lift in unstable shoes, and you wouldn't want to run in shoes that rub or chafe.  Getting proper shoes is difficult, as different shoes are designed to do different things. Not to mention the variable cost – most people aren't willing to drop upwards of $150 for a pair of shoes. There may be times when spending the money is worth it, and times when the sales clerk is trying to get you to buy something you don’t need:The first thing to address when buying shoes, especially running shoes, is where you should go.  Specialty running stores, like Portland Running Co., are the best places to visit when first starting out, because they can look at your gait and determine what type of shoe you need. They’ll find something stable if you over-pronate, something neutral if you don’t, something cushioned or something light.  Whatever your preference is, they will be able to find something for you.When it comes to price, ideally you should spend the money on the shoe that fits you best.  Buying a cheaper shoe that isn't as well tailored to you can lead to acute or chronic injuries.  If a shoe is loose, it can chafe, cause blisters, or draw blood.  If it’s too tight, you’ll be uncomfortable while running and could lose toenails.  If it is an overly stable shoe, it may keep you from pronating when you should.  If it isn't stable enough, you could over pronate and get a chronic running injury.  Fortunately, most specialty places will have a multitude of shoes to choose from.  The most expensive one won’t always be the way to go, but neither will the cheapest.  It’s more important that you have a shoe that you will want to run in, and that you will be comfortable running in, than a shoe that costs a lot or that you got a great deal on.  Plus, once you know what shoe works for you, you can buy it time and time again when it’s time for a replacement pair.When it comes to running shoes, the most important thing is that you get a pair that will suit your needs.  Try different types of shoes to find out how much structure, cushion, heal-to-toe drop, etc. you prefer, and try different brands to see what brand fits your foot best. Even barefoot shoes are fine to get if that is the shoe that works best for you.  The main thing to keep in mind is that you want something that you will be comfortable running in.  Going to a specialty running store is the best way to find a shoe like that, because they have the knowledge, experience, and stock to provide you with what you need.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241