Every year brings a new set of resolutions. How many people claim they’ll stop smoking, save more money or give up alcohol, only to have these goals fall by the wayside? For many, the frequent feasting over the Christmas holiday period inspires us to resolve to lose weight in the New Year. But is this really going to happen? Men’s Fitness says that
most people who give up on their fitness resolutions do so within six weeks
of making them.
So how are you going to make sure this doesn’t happen to you?
A desire to get fit is largely provoked by the want to look good. Sounds vain, doesn’t it? The common belief is that the fitter you are, the better you look. Kitting yourself out in stylish and appropriate gym gear works as a motivational tool to get you into the gym. Because where else do you get to show off your gym threads?
The most important aspect of any gym outfit is the shoes. High-quality trainers are vital to ensuring you avoid injuries and get the most out of your workout. The range of gym shoes available on the market is brimming with variety. Every sport or training lifestyle has a style of shoe that is specifically designed to aid your performance.
Just think of Usain Bolt’s white and blue spiked sprint shoes which saw him win Olympic gold in the men’s 100m, 200m and 100m relay in London 2012. These shoes were specifically designed to aid Bolt’s phenomenal natural ability and, of course, they had to look good.
So what kind of shoes will you need when you hit the gym?
If you want to run
If you’re going to be running and bounding all over the gym, you’ll need shoes that are specifically designed to handle this kind of wear and tear. A classic trainer isn’t going to suffice. You’ll need to find a pair of running shoes that stabilise your ankle and support and cushion the natural arch of your foot to ensure a safe running style. If your foot rolls in or out while you run you may be at risk of sustaining an injury. The Nike Free Run+ 3 Shield is a good option for most foot types.
If you want to lift weights
When it comes to lifting weights, your body needs to be stable to ensure you lift correctly. This comes down to your abdominals and your feet. The more supported your feet are, the better technique and precision you’ll have when you lift any weights. You’ll need to get yourself a pair of shoes with a strong sole.
If you’re heading for the sports field instead
If you’re thinking of taking up a sport to reach your fitness resolution goals, you’ll need shoes designed for the particular surface you’re playing on and movements you’re performing. If you plan on playing football, you’ll need a pair of spiked shoes that will grip the field. You don’t want to spend your time during the game sliding across the grass.
Adidas trainers are known for their high quality
, so anything from their range, like the Adidas Predator LZ TRX Firm Ground, will be a safe option. For basketball, your main concerns should be getting a shoe with soles that grip the court and provide strong ankle support.