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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Workout Wednesday

I don't know about y'all, but spring has FINALLY sprung in Greensboro! HALLELUJAH! JESUS PRAISE THE LORD! And now that I've shared my top picks for your spring workout gear here, we should all be ready to hit the ground running outside before we take on today's arm workout in the gym. But before we get in the gym, I want to talk a little bit about the importance of wearing the right type of shoes on your runs. While you may not realize it, different athletic shoes do have different purposes. Some are designed for running, others for training, and still others are meant to be a lifestyle shoe that should never set foot in the gym. It pains me when I see people in the gym wearing a shoe that is not intended for a workout. Like you are only hurting your feet, your body, and inhibiting yourself from reaching your full potential.

I used to be guilty of it too. I went for the shoes in the colorway I liked or for the latest style without doing the research to find out if the shoes I liked and wanted were even intended for the activity I had planned. Now I'm lucky enough that I have an expert who has guided me towards making appropriate shoe purchasing decisions. Haha. But I also have a few tips that I've picked up that have definitely helped me along the way too! Check them out:
Tip #1: KNOW YOUR ACTIVITY, KNOW YOUR SHOES. Before you even head to your favorite website to shop for a new shoe, decide on your shoes' intended purpose. Are you wanting running shoes? Are you wanting hooping shoes? Do you just love sneakers as much as I do and need all of the pairs? Once you answer these questions you can better decide on what type of shoe you should be looking for. For example, on Nike's website there are categories for shoes based on the activity. If you want a new pair of running shoes, you probably shouldn't be in the lifestyle section because lifestyle shoes are not made for running. They won't have the same comfort, durability, or stability to withstand the miles you plan to put on them. Make sense?  

Tip #2: DO YOUR RESEARCH. Once you know what activity your purchasing your shoes for, you can choose a couple of different styles to compare. If you're a habitual runner like me you're obviously going to need a different shoe than someone like my mom who wears hers to take our puppies for walks around the neighborhood. Shoes have price points for this very reason. The more educated you are on what kind of shoe is best for your workout level, the better your feet will feel and the more goals you will be able to crush. 

Tip #3: TRY BEFORE YOU BUY. Always, always, always try on a pair of shoes before you decide to buy them. No two pairs of shoes are made the same so it's not safe to assume that your gym training shoes are going to fit the same way, or sometimes in the same size, as your running shoes. Also, when you go to purchase find out what the return policy is if you take them home and then decide they aren't right for you. The company I buy from (Nike) allows you to take the shoes home, try them out, and if you need to make any changes you can bring them back within 30 days. EVEN IF YOU'VE WORN THEM. The last thing you want to do is make an investment that you don't ever make a return on.
Now that you've got the gear, you've got the shoes let's get started with today's workout! Check it out below and never miss a Wednesday with me!

Special thanks to @geezus.nephew for collaborating on this series.

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