Monday, December 31, 2007

Walking Shoes vs. Running Shoes

The beginning of each year provides us with an opportunity to look back at our accomplishments and forward with new goals. If you are like most people who will make a list of goals or initiatives, you want to achieve in 2008, why not add to the list to look into getting a new pair of walking shoes.

When talking about walking shoes the question that arises all the time is “should I get a walking shoe”, or “is a running shoe adequate”. I am sure if you asked ten people there is a chance of getting five answers for walking shoes and five for running shoes, just a guess I am not entirely sure. However, rule of thumb should be in play. What are you comfortable with? Have you tried both and which one do you prefer?

Here is a general thought on whether to purchase walking or running shoes for recreational walking fitness programs.

If you are a fast walker and I mean competitive walker then you should get a walking shoe as they have thinner soles that have more flexibility which are required for the heel to toe motion that walkers use to propel themselves forward.

If you are a recreational walker whose aim is to be fit, then running shoes with thicker soles that provide better comfort and cushioning can be used.

As with all equipment purchases, you have to feel comfortable with what you have bought, it should feel good to you. If you have questions, stop by a running store and ask one of the professionals. If need be, go to two or three stores to see if there is any difference in the answers you receive. They will also allow you to try on a few pair to walk or jog around the store to see if they fit comfortably. Take your time; make sure they work for you.

By Speedy Sneakers Walking and Running Clubs for women

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