So you’ve whipped out your sneakers and are ready to conquer outdoor jogging—but are you truly ready to take it on safely? Don’t take any risks and heed the advice of Christopher Clementoni, a running specialist.
How to choose the right sneaker?
1. Establish your needs.
“You need to refer to a specialist and ask the right questions. What type of shoe are you looking for? How many time per week do you jog and on what type of terrain? Let the specialist know what model you use, and that will help them evaluate your needs.”
2. Diagnose your foot.
“The choice of shoe varies depending on whether your stride is in pronation (that is, when in movement, the arch of your foot directs inwards) or in supination (in this case, le movement directs outwards). At Reebok, we recommend our clients walk barefoot in the store so as to check their walk. Also, measure your foot for both length and width.”
3. Choose the best option for you.
“Then, take the time to try on both shoes. Walk with them in the store and wear them all evening at home. There are plenty of different shoe models on the market, you have to ensure you find the one perfect for your needs. For every pair you try, check the sole, the arch support, and the adjustment. The foot should touch the shoe without being stuck, so as to avoid friction when in motion. Some of our sneakers are made of a technology without stiches. That way, you obtain a quasi custom fit.”
What other equipment should you consider?
“You also need to wear the proper clothing. Opt for materials that allow sweat to evaporate. As the clothes breathe, your body won’t overheat and you will conserve energy. It is always important to have bottles of water on hand, attached to a belt, for example. For shorter runs, there is no need to carry a hydration pack; it’ll create an imbalance. You need to stay hydrated at all times so that your body doesn’t shut down. It is also good for your muscles and bones.”
What stretches are important before you begin?
“Stretch your legs, shins, especially the calves, as well as the thighs. Note, however, that it is the whole body that absorbs shocks during a run, such as the back and the shoulders. It is therefore important to warm up these regions before the activity. Recently, Reeebok launched ZigTech, which acts as a slinky so as to reduce shock. That said, in order to avoid problems at the joints, it is recommended to switch sneakers every six to eight months, depending on the intensity of your training.”
How should you breathe while jogging?
“Learn to breathe deeply. Inhale from the nose and exhale from the mouth. When it is activated, the body is under pressure. A good breathing technique relaxes the body, as well as is beneficial for the lungs and refreshes you. That way, you’ll start your next stride full of energy!”
Now you’re ready to begin your workout using full precaution. After all, it’d be unfortunate to put an end to your workout due to a bad injury. Happy jogging!