Has exercise been on your mind lately?
Regardless of the time of year, where you live, or if you’re just starting out, running is a very popular way to get in shape. Running provides plenty of health benefits, and even better, it’s really one of a few exercises where you don’t need any equipment, just a solid pair of running shoes.
You can run inside on a track at the gym, at home on a treadmill, and around the block or through your local park. Daytime, nighttime, there aren’t any opening or closing hours when it comes to going for a jog (or a walk!).
So we wanted to let you in on some secrets to finding the best running shoes to buy that will fit your needs and your budget.
Let’s take a look.
Finding the Right Fit
Before you shop for running shoes, you need to figure out your needs. After all, not every shoe is a good fit for everyone. So, first things first, think about your feet.
Think about the brands of sneakers you already own and how they fit. Also, think about if you have any health issues with your feet and legs, some shoes will be better for you than others and if you have extra-wide or narrow feet. All of these small details matter.
Next, know what makes a good running shoe. You want to find the right combination of comfort, support, weight, cushioning that will feel comfortable as you move around.
Finally, think about where you’re running. If you love to run through hiking trails, you’re going to want a different running shoe compared to those who spend all their time on treadmills.
Ok got all that down? Now, let’s take a look at a few good options for some different needs.
Trail running shoes are all about grip and support; weatherproofing can matter too since no one wants to run with wet feet. So if you are going to spend your time mainly running off-road, it’s worth it to invest in this type of shoe.
While most people stick to a few miles or a 5k for their normal running routine, some love to log long distances on each run. If you do that, you’ll need a shoe designed specifically for all the miles they’ll absorb.
If you aren’t planning on heading for the hills or running a marathon any time soon, or ever, you’ll want a shoe that’s comfortable and with plenty of cushioning that will help build your love of running.
Any of these are going to be a great option to help you stay safe and healthy while running.