In preparation for the New York City Marathon, I headed to NYSportsMed’s Athlete Performance Center a few weeks ago for an elite-level running analysis specifically designed for the everyday, uninjured athlete. They call it the “Runner’s Report Card."“Getting a running analysis when you’re healthy allows us to observe your natural tendencies as you run, versus when you’re injured and 'biased' to run a certain way,” explains Francis Diano, physical therapist and NYSportsMed running director. "We can identify inefficiencies and tendencies that could potentially lead to an injury and address them before they become a more serious issue. … As they say, prevention is better than cure."I was told to show up in a pair of shoes I'd been running in for a while. The first thing Diano did when I arrived was look at the bottom of my kicks. “Similar to a palm reading, a lot can be gleaned from a ‘wear reading’ of the bottom of a pair … [Read more...] about Why You Should Look at the Bottom of Your Running Shoes Right This Second
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Running shoe materials and designs are getting more advanced, but they’re still man-made products with distinct lifespans.“These new shoes are just like any other chemical compound under constant pressure,” says Claire Wood, senior product manager for performance running at New Balance. “They will break down over time.”Logging miles in worn-out shoes not only slows you down, but it can also increase your risk of injury. Before you shell out money for new kicks, though, use these five guidelines to find out if yours are ready for retirement or if they have some mileage left in them.Related: THE 21-DAY METASHRED—an All-New-Body-Shredding Fitness and Diet Program From the Men’s Health Fitness DirectorThe Tread Is GoneOne of the main goals of your shoes is to provide traction whether you’re on a hot paved road or a rugged, technical trail. But over time the rubber on the bottom outsole—where your shoe comes in contact with the ground … [Read more...] about 5 Signs You Need New Running Shoes
This article was written by Sarah Klein and provided by our partners at Prevention.Picking the perfect sneaker can feel overwhelming. Stroll into a sporting goods store and you're confronted with a daunting wall full of options flaunting features you didn't even know you needed. But ending up in the wrong shoe can ruin a workout—so where do you start? (Burn calories and build muscle—all while boosting your mood—with our 21-Day Walk a Little, Lose a Lot Challenge!)There's a reason you can now find footwear made specifically for lifting weights, for CrossFit, for running, even foot wraps for yoga. "It's best to choose sneakers that are suited for your primary activity," says Brice Newton, senior manager of global footwear merchandising for Brooks Running. "For example, runners need sneakers that can withstand the repetitive pattern and force that's applied when running."To the casual walker's eye, those carefully designed … [Read more...] about Why You Should Never Walk in a Running Shoe—and What to Do Instead
Your lucky pair of running shoes might not be so charmed, after all. According to a new study from the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory in Luxembourg, running day after day in the same sneaks can lead to results-wrecking injuries.For the study, researchers gathered intel on the running habits, injury rates, shoe usage, and cross-training routines of 264 recreational runners. During the 22-week study, 87 of the subjects suffered from at least one running-related injury that prevented them from logging miles for one day or more. While their running frequency, speed, and mileage varied, the injured runners tended to have one thing in common: They always ran in the same pair of shoes.MORE: 6 Common Running Injuries and How to Cure ThemMeanwhile, the runners who rotated between multiple pairs of running shoes (3.6 sets of kicks, on average) during the study had a 39 percent lower risk of injury. Researchers say the protective effect is due to mixing up the impact running has on your … [Read more...] about Why You Should Switch Up Your Running Shoes
We’re into month 3 of our 12 Months of Wellness series, and this month we’re focusing on fitness. To kick it off we’re making it easy, by simply adding more movement into our daily lives. Some examples include taking the stairs rather than the elevator or walking to a co-worker’s desk with a question rather than sending an email. Personally, I find fitness to be crucial for my happiness. When I don’t fit it in, even for just a few minutes in a day, my mood is affected. It is hard, though, because my time at work is often spent sitting at my desk, and my commute is lengthy—upward of 2.5 hours a day. To combat this, I try to take as many short breaks as possible—filling up my water cup, getting up to stretch, heading downstairs to the gym. Also, I make a point to fit longer workouts in throughout the week—even if it means getting up early on a Saturday morning to do circuit training. We asked a few alive staff members how they … [Read more...] about #2013alive: How Do We Squeeze Fitness In?