With high-intensity interval training (HIIT) on the rise, the right workout gear is essential. HIIT incorporates small bursts of explosive exercise followed by brief periods of rest. Your shoes need to be able to withstand these sudden bursts of energy. Working out in the wrong shoes could lead to injury and keep you out of commission for a while. Here are a few things to consider when picking out shoes for HIIT.
Figure Out Your Foot Type
An individual’s foot can be flat, neutral, or high-arched. Understanding your foot type may be the key in choosing the correct shoe that supports its shape while you move. If you’re flat-footed, your footprint will look broad and wide. A high-arched footprint will look more narrow specifically around the arch. The wet test is a simple way to determine your foot type. You can also ask your podiatrist for a more professional examination.
Get Your Feet Measured
Despite what most people believe, your feet don’t stop growing when you hit adulthood. Getting your feet measured once or twice a year is essential for ensuring the best fit. When you head to the store, don’t forget to bring a pair of the socks you plan to wear and your orthotics if you have them. What better way to see how well they fit than using your own gear!
Match Your Shoes With Exercises
HIIT workouts have many variations. From jumping and lateral movement to sprints your shoes should be tailor-made for these activities. Cross trainers are more suited for jumping than running shoes, but running shoes are perfect for intense sprints. Your shoes should match your movements. Make sure you pick the right shoes for the job.
Know What Aspects to Focus On
After you’ve matched your shoes with the exercises you intend to add to your HIIT routine, it’s time to feel out the shoes you have your eyes on. Cross trainers and running shoes require different methods of determining the best fit. When choosing cross trainers, flexibility and lateral movement should be the focal point. If your foot is neutral or high-arched, a shoe with a significant amount of cushioning would be your best bet. For flat feet, shoes with less cushioning are desired to make more room for your feet.
Running involves you landing on the forefront of your foot. Shoes with extra cushioning in that area are sought out for neutral and high-arched feet. Shoes that offer more stability with slightly less cushioning may be best for flat feet. Consider speaking to your podiatrist or gaining insight from shoe sale associates before purchasing any shoes.
Frequently Replace Your Shoes
While you might think your shoes look brand new on the outside after a few months, the inside may be broken down. Not replacing your shoes frequently could lead to:
- Shin splints
- Ankle pain
- Throbbing pain in your feet
According to the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, there are a few specific signs to look for when assessing the status of your current shoes. Replace your shoes every four to six months, and you can avoid any problems that could sideline you from working out.
HIIT encompasses many different aspects of fitness and preparation. After you’ve used these tips to pick out the perfect shoes, join us at PumpFit Club in Fort Lauderdale. We offer professional HIIT classes that will show how your shoes hold up during intense workout sessions. Visit us or contact us online to start pumping up your workouts today!