Best Running Shoes on a Treadmill

by Jodee on August 23, 2010

If you have decided that you want to use a treadmill to help you get or stay fit, you will need to consider your choice of footwear carefully.

The first thing you need to understand before you go shopping for running shoes to be used with a treadmill is that the act of running over ground is different from doing so on the machine. When a person is running on a track or outside, the foot striking the motion of the foot striking the ground is used to propel the runner forward.

Walking or running on a treadmill is a different situation entirely. The person using the machine isn’t moving forward at all, since the belt is continually moving. The individual is using his or her leg muscles to keep up with the movement of the belt.

When it comes to choosing running shoes for treadmill use, consider that running on the machine means a higher level of impact on the balls of the feet than running over ground. The amount of cushioning a shoe provides is an important consideration, and you should examine the shoe carefully to make sure this part of your foot is adequately protected.

What kind of shoe should you buy if you already know you will only be walking on the treadmill? You still need to buy one that offers good support to your foot, as well as some cushioning for the ball of your foot. The impact when you are walking won’t be as high as when you are running, but choosing a good quality shoe is still important.

Comfort is another key consideration when buying running shoes for a treadmill. If the shoes don’t fit well or are not the right size, you may experience discomfort in your feet and legs that can last for some time after the workout is finished. Being uncomfortable during or after the workout due to a problem with your footwear isn’t going to encourage you to continue with your exercise regime.

Pick up the shoe and see whether you can bend it. The right shoe for you is one that you can bend easily. Stay away from models that have a very stiff sole; they won’t give you the flexibility you need.

The best time of day to look for running shoes is later in the day. As we go about our everyday activities, our feet normally experience a certain degree of swelling. If you put off your shopping trip until late afternoon, your running shoes will fit well no matter what time of day you are using the treadmill. You want to make sure that your feet are kept comfortable during and after the workout.

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