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All you need to know about trainers

How are you feeling this week? Are you feeling motivated and keeping the determination up? Or are you feeling tired or lacking focus? I’ve seen a few people this week suffering with minor aches & pains...remember that rest and recovery is equally important to your training guys. Sometimes it is ok to slow down.

With this weekend bringing the temptation of chocolate eggs I hope you all enjoy them in moderation. Remember the more you restrict then often the more you crave and then crack. So allowing yourself to have a little of what you enjoy is absolutely fine.

Today’s Topic

So this week team I’m talking about your TRAINERS.

Make sure you have the right pair of trainers..easy right? However there is so much conflicting advice out there about what you should wear so here’s my thoughts on the matter.

There is no make or model that is best for you. Buying trainers that suit your individual gait or running style and the distance you plan to run is very important. They don’t have to be super expensive but you’ll probably spend upwards of £60.

Good high impact or running shoes have the ability to shock absorb and guide your foot through its natural movement and therefore prevent injury.

It’s really worth going to a specialist running shop for your trainers especially if you’re doing the higher impact stuff. Different shops have different ways of assessing your running style: some will allow you to try certain pairs out on a treadmill and video your feet; some will ask you to run across a pad on the floor connected to a computer. This creates an image of the impact regions of your feet. These methods all work well providing the person assessing you knows what to look for.

It’s worth taking your old trainer as they can show signs of your running style. The assessors should ask you plenty of questions too. Such as injury history, size shoe, your weight, how many miles or hours you intend to do.

You will see different shoes for different events and situations such as off road running and light weight racing. But if you’re at a specialist running shop the assessor will choose what’s appropriate for you.

The life span of your trainers depends on many factors: your running style, weight, surface and training volume. As a general rule of thumb you’d change your trainers every 500 miles or each year but this varies depending on your weight and if you run unevenly. The best way to check is looking at the spongy layer between your foot and the sole. This is the shock absorber & compacts over time so if you can see fatigue lines then buy a new pair.

Listening to your body is a great indicator too – if you start to get new aches and pains in your ankles, hips and knees after you’ve run then it’s time for an upgrade.

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.

Fitness Fact of the week

Don’t put your trainers in the washing machine or dry them on a radiator as this damages the shape of the shoe and affects the shock absorbers. Let them dry out naturally.

Quote of the week

“Stop hating yourself for everything you aren’t and start loving yourself for everything that you are!”

Keep active & see you soon


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