May 2, 2016 william

Easy Ways To Test Your New Workout Shoes Before Buying Them

Cross training shoes aren’t made just to make you look good. (Though, that’s a plus.) But, their real function is to protect your body (specifically, your pelvis and hips.)

1. Press The Back

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When you press the back, it should be firm and “give” very little. The sturdiness helps reduce motion that can pull on the ligaments and tendons.

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2. Bend The Shoe

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If the shoe flexes in the middle, it indicates poor arch support. Good support maximizes your glutes’ pushing power. Flex in the toe area should mimic natural foot movement.

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3. Push Down On The Sole

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The shoe’s heel cushion should be firm. This is especially true along the outer edge. A solid sole helps keeping you from overworking your ankles and feet that can lead to injury.

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