When performing any type of aerobic exercise, it is important to wear the right shoes to help you avoid injuries and perform at your best. Aerobic exercise is any activity which causes an increased work rate for the heart and the lungs, such as walking, playing sports, or using cardio machines at the gym. The type of aerobic shoe you choose to wear should be the one which is most suited to your foot shape, size, and the activities you will be doing.
If you choose to go walking for your aerobic exercise, you will need a walking or trail shoe. Walking shoes should be comfortable, lightweight and provide plenty of grip for when the weather is poor, or you are on unstable terrain. An ideal walking shoe for women is the Inov-8 Terroc 308. Weighing only 308 g, the shoe is light, made from breathable mesh and has a deep tread pattern that will provide extra grip. They retail at $90, as of March 2011.
It is advisable to visit a specialist running shop to purchase running shoes, where you can have your feet and your running gait measured to find the best shoe for you. If you run with a light stride, and with fairly straight feet, then a neutral running shoe, one that offers a little arch and ankle support, may be the best choice. However if you have a heavier stride, and tend to land on the inside or outside of your foot, or roll your ankle, you should consider a more supportive shoe to help reduce the chances of injury. In 2011, running shoes generally retailed between $80 and $150.
If you plan on partaking in several different methods of aerobic exercise, such as gym work, jogging, exercise classes, or sports, then a cross trainer will cover all your bases. Cross trainers are sturdier than running shoes and offer increased support around the ankle, which means they are less flexible, but they do offer greater protection from injury. The New Balance 856 is a good quality cross trainer which is suitable for all aerobic activity, and sold for $114.99 in 2011.
General Gym Wear
Because females tend to have wider hips and more curvature in the thigh bones than males do, they are more prone to knee ligament injuries. Eric Cressey, a Boston-based strength coach, says training with bare feet is a good idea to focus on strengthening the structures around the knee to make them more injury resistant. Training with no shoes on, however, isn't always practical, so the next best thing is a pair of Nike Frees. They are extremely light, have flat, thin soles and mimic barefoot training well, thus making them great for wearing in the gym, and helping to prevent knee injuries. They sold for $85 in 2011.
- The Shoe Mart: Inov-8 Terroc 308
- "The New York Times"; For Running Shoes, It’s Fit First and Price Last; Lesley Alderman, Oct. 22, 2010
- New Balance: Women's Cross Training Shoes: New Balance 856
- University of California San Francisco Medical Center: A Female's Aching Knees; Oct. 29, 2010
- Nike: Nike Free TR Fit Women's Training Shoe