Daily Challenge Thursday Oct. 14, 2010

Everyday Well-Being

Check the condition of your exercise shoes.

How to do it

Take a close look at your walking or running shoes. Are there holes in the toe area? Are the treads, outer soles, or heels worn? Is there any breakdown of support and cushioning in the sole or around the ankle? If there is, it's a sign your shoes are past their prime. A good way to test your shoes is to slip on a pair of newer athletic shoes. If the newer ones feel stronger and more supportive than your old ones, it's time to retire your old shoes for non-exercise purposes or donate them to charity.

Why it matters

Most workout shoes should be replaced about every six months, or every three months if you walk or run an hour a day most days of the week. Exercising in worn-out shoes that no longer provide good support and cushioning can lead to shin splints, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures.

Fun fact

In 1960, Ethiopia's Abebe Bikila, said to be the greatest Olympic marathoner of all time, won the first of his consecutive gold medals running barefoot.


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