Posted by Cyril Grither on June 5, 2023
Shoes are the most important part of your equipment when undertaking an exercise program. The shoes provide the support and cushioning needed to get the most out of your workout. There are many types of shoes, some of which are specifically designed for a sport or activity.
Tips for Buying Athletic Shoes
- Buy your shoes at the end of the day while your feet are swollen.
- Bring the type of socks you plan to wear with your new shoes. Also bring your orthotics or orthopedic insoles, if applicable.
- Bring your old pair of shoes; an experienced seller will be able to assess their wear pattern by examining them. The information collected will guide the choice of shoes adapted to your needs.
- While standing, spread and wiggle your toes to ensure there is enough space.
- Lace the shoes and check the space between the eyelets on one side and the other. A well-fitted shoe will have a gap of 2.5 cm (1 in).
- Make sure the arch of the shoe supports the arch of your foot.
- Walk or run around the store to make sure the shoe is comfortable and well-cushioned.
Important information for diabetics
People with diabetes are more prone to foot problems than the average person. It is important to take special care of the daily hygiene of your feet. Remember the following:
- Trim your toenails carefully;
- Always wear shoes and stockings;
- Wash and dry your feet every day;
- Examine your feet daily for blisters, cuts or irritations;
- Use swimming shoes or sandals around the pool and on the beach.
How to Buy Exercise Equipment for Home
Factors to consider
- Your budget – how much money can you spend
- What type of equipment would you like to use
- How much space do you have for the new device
- Is the device under warranty and are you purchasing it from a center that could offer you a service contract for repairs and replacement parts?
- Can you test the device and return it if you are not completely satisfied