Easy Tips To Select The Best Running Shoes

Running shoes can make or break your stride, quite literally. The best running shoes for you will not only protect your feet from impact, thorns, nasty sharp objects, and the weather, but will also counteract any bio-mechanical problems that your feet may have. If you have been guilty in the past of selecting your running shoes for their appearance, price, brand, great advertising campaign, or color, then perhaps you should read these tips on how to choose the best running shoes.

Consider these important points
when looking at that display overflowing with the latest technology in running shoes:
* later in the day is a better time for buying any shoes as your feet are bigger than first thing in the morning.
* take your usual running socks with you for the best fit.
* take your old running shoes with you so the sales person can see where your shoes wear out first, ensuring an appropriate selection this time.
* the most expensive running shoes are not necessarily the best for your feet.
* the running shoes should be comfortable straight away. You should not have to wear them in for them to be comfy.
* your shoes should be appropriate for your body weight, and the sort of running you do. A marathon runner will need different footwear to an indoor runner.
* you may need to go up a size from your normal shoe size.
* try on more than one style.
* try the shoes on both feet, no-one’s feet are identical.
* your toes need wriggle room, and your heel should feel snug without being able to slide.
* your running shoe should be able to bend and flex in the same places that your foot does.
* if you are undecided about sizing, always go with the larger.

The Bio-mechanics of your feet.
This sounds tricky but it isn’t. Don’t be intimidated by some shoe salesperson who speaks a lot of terminology. Basically there are 3 ways most people’s feet move, or roll, when they walk or run. To determine your own feet, you can stand on a flat surface and see how you stand naturally.
* Supination, this means your ankle tends to roll outwards. These types of runners have high arches. The most appropriate running shoes for this have extra cushioning to absorb the impact that the foot can’t.
* Over-pronation, this means that the foot tends to roll inwards on itself at the ankle. Runners who over-pronate tend to have flat feet, or low arches, and generally have very flexible, or unstable feet. The best running shoes to counteract this have a high level of support and motion control.
* Neutral feet are the easiest to fit for running shoes. Go with whatever technology suits you best.


The best running shoes are not necessarily the most expensive. Your foot shape, bio-mechanics, body weight, and running requirements are all factors which will determine the perfect runners for you.

Budget Fitness – Home Gym Exercise Equipment For About $100 Dollars

There are plenty of reasons to put off getting with the fitness program, but a popular excuse is lack of funds. If you really are keen to get fit we are going to show you how you can put together really effective home gym exercise equipment for under $100.

We should all know that every effective fitness campaign has three components: cardio, strength, and flexibility. No matter how hard up you are for cash, there are plenty of inexpensive, and in some cases free, options that you can go for.

*Footwear. Having appropriate footwear may well be your most expensive item. Your exercise shoes should be well supporting, and shock absorbing. Make sure that your shoes are comfortable and well suited for walking, jogging, or running. Cost: $60 approx when on sale.

Cardio Fitness

Depending on your budget there are several options for you to chose from.
*A brisk walk, jog, or run around the local park is free, and perfect for burning calories, and is the best aerobic exercise. Cost: free.
*Jump ropes can be an excellent way to get your heart going if the weather is too nasty for outdoors. This is a high impact exercise so make sure you wear your shoes. Cost: $20 if you scout around on the net, or free if you borrow your child’s.
*Mini trampolines can be another great option for low impact exercise or jogging in bad weather. Cost:$30 which included an instructional DVD and a set of fitness bands.
*Pedometers can be a fun way to relieve the boredom of your walk or jog. Just how far have you traveled and how many calories have you burned? Definitely not essential but can be fun. Cost: $15

Toning and Strength Training

*Fitness bands can be used for many muscle groups and are great for both strength and toning. Many bands are sold in kits with DVDs or books to allow you to maximize your workout. Otherwise hit your local library for some free educational inspiration. Cost: $3-7 per band or kits from $13.
*Dumbbells are great for incorporating arm and leg resistance to your workout. Dumbbell sets are more cost effective as you can increase the weight as you become stronger. Cost: $35 for a 20 pound set, and $45 for a 32 pound set.
*Chin-up bars give you the opportunity to exercise many parts of your body. Not only chin ups but pull ups, and hanging knee raises, leg raises and body twists. Cost: $15 for a fully convertible chin up/sit up bar to suit any door width.


*Stability balls are great for stretches, working on your core muscles and balance work. Cost: $18 for a ball alone, or $25 with an instructional DVD for stretches, workouts and exercises.
*Yoga mats are great for doing all your floor exercises, stretches, and any yoga or pilates that you may wish to add to the mix. A mat will also provide a more stable surface for a stability ball. Cost: $10 for a mat or $17 for a mat and instructional DVD.

Grand Total:
No Frills: Shoes, bands, dumbbells, and yoga mat comes in at $103.
If you already own a pair of shoes then you could lash out and purchase a chin up bar, stability ball, and the jump rope for the other $40.

Mini trampolines and pedometers are by no means essential for your fitness campaign and have only been mentioned as alternatives for those who might already own some of the other equipment.

*Library. Never underestimate your local library. This can be a great place to source both instructional books and DVDs on how to get fit. Cost: free.

Your home gym exercise equipment need not cost the earth. There are great bargains around for the savvy shopper. A shortage of funds need not stop you from exercising at home. For those with no cash to spare at all, grab a book from your local library instructing you in how to use your own body weight for strength and resistance work. Stick with walking, jogging or running. All you need to purchase is your runners.

*Costings were correct as of time of publication. Coco found the best prices online through the bigger retail outlets.